Between assignments Friday, I made it to a brush fire located on the D Street extension in Petaluma.  Not having enough time to put on the fire gear and hike up a hillside, I concentrated on shooting Cal Fire’s Boggs Mountain water dropping helicopter.  The smoke was pretty thick but I managed to make a couple of frames of the helicopter chopping the air close to a house being protected from the flames.

Dodging obstacles like birds, trees and mountains with a helicopter seems daunting enough without having to avoid houses and power lines.

That's close....Cal Fire's Boggs Mountain helicopter dodged power lines and a home while helping to contain a brush fire on the D Street extension in Petaluma, Friday July 2, 2010. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

-Kent Porter