On September 6 an arsonist created an East County inferno. Fighting that blaze was as risky and complicated as wartime combat. This is how it was done.
When the air tankers arrived — two S-4s out of Ramona, and B-4s out of Hemet, in Riverside County — Crandall asked them if they could hit the head of the fire with Phos-check. "No way. We can't even see the flames for all the smoke."
Posted October 25, 1984
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The Bowles fire hotspot was Iron Mountain Road