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Fighting a 1966 brush fire

Fighting a 1966 brush fire

July 16, 1966: Los Angeles County firefighter Earl Wyat, right, directs a water-carrying helicopter off the ground as a brush fire spreads just off Angeles Crest Highway.

An article in the July 17, 1966, Los Angeles Times reported:

After a seven-hour battle, firemen Saturday night contained a stubborn brush fire which swept across 35 acres at the juncture of three canyons in Angeles National Forest 5 1/2 miles above La Canada…

The blaze broke out at 1:06 p.m. in Lady Bug Canyon, just off Angeles Crest Highway, and then swept over ridges into Arroyo Seco Canyon and Cloudburst Canyon.

Two aerial tankers dumped 50,000 gallons of a fire-retardant solution on the flames as about 250 U.S. Forest Service and county firemen established a line around the blaze. Four helicopters also were being used….

This photo by former staff photographer Don Cormier was published in the July 17, 1966, Los Angeles Times.

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