It’s wildfire season in much of America, and the West Coast is getting hit particularly hard this summer. In Washington State, the town of Chelan—home of Lake Chelan, a popular vacation destination about three hours north of Seattle—has been in the local and national news this week as residents and vacationers are being evacuated and many of the lakefront homes have burned down. Photographer Eric Jensen was covering the Chelan wildfire for Seattle station KOMO News when this happened:
Engines roaring, a giant jet tanker flew directly overhead, dumping fire retardant on Jensen and his equipment. What sounded like a torrential downpour of rain instead brought down a rush of red liquid.
— Eric Jensen (@EricJensenTV) August 14, 2015
On Twitter, Jensen posted a photo of the aftermath, saying that his gear made it through relatively unscathed, but that the retardant tasted kind of like metallic soap.
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