August 29, 2020 at 5:01 PM #10094
What a day to decide not to bother with the video!
Hot but not the brutal heat and sun of late, clear and invigorating, actually. I flew on the early side, launching just after 2 from the 750 with my F3T HG. Missed the lift right by launch and sank to the LZ, where the flags pointed East. Heading S at the SE corner it was either catch the thermal or go on downwind to base and final. Got the left wingtip in the core and just circled up from <200 AGL. Was above the 750 by the time I was over the Pond! Saw and felt spme 1k+ FPM up on the way to 7k+ MSL above Marshall over the course of a few linked thermals.
There was smoke billowing from the housing area west of the north side of Lake Gregory.
I could see a few flames in the trees. With streets above and below on the S facing slope it appeared they would contain it quickly. Saw no activity over at SBD. I descended to Marshall and told the van-load of pilots, who had paused their set-ups, to go ahead and fly, it’s fine.
I flew S over CalState, ready to land. When your low-save is 3 minutes into the flight… ;)
Had a nice no-stepper near the PG cone (Falcon!) for about 40 minutes of airtime and shortly after I got my harness off the first fire-fighting planes appeared.
So no flying for anyone for a while. Sorry about the misinformation guys!
Good hike to the 750 for my truck. The road to the 350 appears a bit chewed-up. Trail is fine.August 29, 2020 at 7:22 PM #10101August 29, 2020 at 7:35 PM #10102Mark HoffmannGeneral Member
Wally Stevens lives on Zurich DrAugust 29, 2020 at 8:03 PM #10103David WebbGeneral Member
I wasn’t in the area, but happened to peek at the Crestline cam and saw the smoke. Also peeked at AJX a short time later and saw the big white X:
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