The Colby Fire broke out at approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 16, and blazed through Glendora and Azusa in east Los Angeles, but is fortunately 95 percent contained as of Tuesday.
The fire was allegedly started by three men in their 20s whose illegal campfire got out of control. Glendora’s police chief says the threesome face federal charges as the fire has destroyed nearly 2,000 acres of land.
"At one point, more than 1,000 firefighting personnel had been assigned to the blaze. That number was fewer than 300 as of Tuesday," reported the Los Angeles Times.
Each year, fires like this break out in dry climate regions like southern California. While firefighters act bravely in the face of this horrific force, there are also times they need help from the air. The Colby Fire, was battled not just on the ground but from the sky.
In the video above, you can catch a close-up look at the planes who are helping fight the fire, thanks to YouTube user Steve Galloway.