By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
We are in a small RV on the side of a mountain road, alongside a reservoir and adjacent to a command post that has the feel of life in the military. Firefighters are walking around in flip-flops, carrying their shaving kits and pillows from home. They are here because they have come off the fire line to take a break, get some sleep, eat a meal and clean up -- before they go out again. The non-stop daisy chain of helicopters continues, drafting water from here to dump it a few miles away on a 100-foot high column of flame. The air is noticeably more humid -- and that helps. They'll take anything they can get. I've shot some video today at a few locations to try to tell this story.
Flying here last night, our captain on American Airlines pointed out the flames off the right side of the aircraft, and they were stunning from the air...they appeared to be just above the skyline of Los Angeles. You could smell smoke inside the jet, and the ashes in the air quickly become visible on eyeglasses, computer screens and the hoods of cars. We will have all of it tonight, when we see you from Lakeview Terrace, California.