C-130 To Drop Water On Pajarito Mountain Monday

A C-130 transport aircraft similar to this one is dropping a large quantity of water, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, over the Pajarito Mountain top as part of a pivotal scene for the movie ‘Granite Mountain.’ Courtesy photo


  • ‘Granite Mountain’ Crews Filming Scene from Helicopter

The Los Alamos community will have the opportunity to see a helicopter carrying film crew and a C-130 transport aircraft dropping a large quantity of water over the Pajarito Mountain top 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 as part of a pivotal scene for the movie “Granite Mountain.”

No fire will be set as part of this scene. No Exit Film, LLC, the production company for “Granite Mountain,” is working directly with the Wildland Fire Division of the Los Alamos Fire Department to ensure safe operations during filming on the mountain.

Hikers and bicyclists are strongly advised to avoid the Pajarito Mountain top and immediate area during this four-hour period due to safety concerns related to the water drop.

Camp May Road will be open, as will the Pajarito Mountain Lodge and Café. Film vehicles and equipment will be staged in the lower parking lot of Pajarito Mountain Resort. No other County or public areas will be closed Monday, Aug. 15.

Remaining film dates currently scheduled:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 17 in White Rock; and
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24, Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26 in White Rock. 

All schedules are subject to change and the Los Alamos Film Office will make every effort to notify the general public through the local media and County website, Facebook page and the County Line e-newsletter. For all filming activity, the County and/or film production representatives are in regular contact with stakeholders who are directly impacted.

“Granite Mountain,” starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller and Andie MacDowell, is the story of the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

NOTE: The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling and aerial firefighting.