This is the view from our deck at about 4:30 pm while BBQ'ing. The burn was in a grassy area between our Walmart store and a residential trailer park and condo site.
It started small, and at first we thought it was a house fire.
It kept getting bigger as we watched.
You can get an idea how big it was by the twin engine spotter or "Bird Dog" near the plume.
We walked a couple of blocks to get a better view
The Convair has a big drop tank and is a massive plane!
He was coming in about 500 feet over the house on the way to the fire.
A helicopter and bucket came in to assist with getting the hot spots.
It was quite a show for about an hour when basically the fire was out, except for the ground crew mopping up anything still burning. We were very fortunate that there was no wind today!