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Photos From The Southbound I15 Fire: July 17, 2002

About 12:30pm on July 17th, a fire started in the granite hills where I15 rises out of the Temecula Valley, heading south into San Diego county. The fire was not large (10 acres burned), but the CDF brought out a fire bomber and multiple helicopters to fight it. The following pictures were taken near South Highway 79 and Pala Road by Sheldon Otto and capture some of the efforts against this fire. By his account, the helicopters were highly coordinated, scooping water from a pond at a local golf course.

You can read more about the fire in this Californian newspaper story.

See a list of all features, including fires, snow, hail and other events, on the features page. Browse a chronology of major Southwest Riverside County wildfires.

The Temecula weather pages are a service of WeatherCurrents. Temecula, California is located in the Temecula Valley, in southwestern Riverside County, along the Interstate 15 highway. The Temecula Valley's rolling hills are home to the Temecula wine country, vineyards, golf courses, a casino resort, and Old Town Temecula.
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