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Photograph was edited for publication purposes. Photograph caption dated May 9, 1958 reads "Thousands of square miles of heavily forested areas in Southern California are checked regularly by fire inspectors to prevent disastrous fires like the one that swept the Malibu mountains in 1957. Capt. Robert Ballentine, Fire Prevention Bureau, Los Angeles County Fire Department, left, points out pumping wells to Capt. Charles McElroy, who accompanied him on a tour of inspection of one of the county's oil fields. In far background is portion of historic Ridge Route near Castaic Junction." See images 00155236 through 00155241 for all photos in this series.