Large reddish granite rock boulders are pictured in a natural San Diego mountain landscape photo photographed in March 2006 on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation at around 5,500 feet.


The unnatural reddish appearance on these large granite boulders are red stains on the rocks from the red phosphorous fire retardant material that fire-fighting aircraft, airtankers and helitankers, dropped on the forest fire to extinguish wildland fires on the Southern California Indian reservation.

The red dye is used in the fire retardant so pilots and firefighters can see where they have already dropped. The dye is biodegradable and will disappear over time.

The wilderness snow high-altitude landscape picture shows a Southern California wilderness recovering from the 2004 Guatay wildfires.

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