Unfortunately I live near where the Cocos fire was burning in San Marcos, CA. We were evacuated for a couple of nights but our house wasn't really in danger. After the flames were no longer close by I was able to watch the helicopters get water from Lake San Marcos to fight the fire with. There was a steady parade of helicopters getting water, dumping it on the fire, and returning. About a week after the fire I hiked up from Discovery Lake to Double Peak Park. The trail goes through the burn area in several places. It's pretty amazing to see the destruction and how close it got to neighborhoods. I hope I don't see another wildfire this close for a long time.
Click on the pictures below to view the photo sets of the firefight and aftermath.