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Photos: what California's catastrophic wildfires look like from the ...

Oct 13, 2017 ... 14 helicopters, 6 airplanes and over 1,100 firefighters work the ... a serious, critical, catastrophic event," Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said Wednesday. ... move the flames in new directions that put more lives and homes at risk.

World's largest firefighting aircraft grounded by U.S. gov't - CBS News

Jul 17, 2017 ... In May, the Forest Service issued a request for new airtankers, but said it ... California's fire agency currently has an agreement to use the plane,...

Why Airplanes Dump Red 'Water' On Fires - Jalopnik

Dec 8, 2017 ... is why are the firefighting planes dropping red water? ... That's why Cal Fire has a sizable fleet of aircraft capable of carrying and dropping fire...

Is that red fire retardant dropped from planes during wildfires safe for ...

Jul 23, 2016 ... Is that red fire retardant dropped from planes during wildfires safe for humans ... 5,000 acres above Azusa, Duarte and Bradbury, Calif., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. ... more than a week after an errant drop by firefighting airplanes. .... School and Nassau College in New York (he actually loved botany!) and...

Consumer drones interfere with CA firefighting efforts PBS NewsHour

Jul 19, 2015 ... In the past month alone, drones have gotten in the way of firefighters in San ... over the wildfire grounded firefighting aircraft for almost half an hour. ... can and cannot do, partly because the tecnology is relatively new. ... The blaze is one of several recent California wildfires in which firefighting efforts have...

Incredible Technology: How to Fight Wildfires - Live Science

Sep 3, 2013 ... Battling blazes like the Rim Fire requires firefighters to pair traditional ... This photograph shows the Rim Fire burning in California at night on August 21, 2013. ... Fixed wing aircraft called air tankers fly over the blaze dumping flame retardant chemicals ... Photos Show New Wildfire Raging Near Los Angeles.

GAO-13-684, WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT: Improvements ...

Aug 20, 2013 ... fire response, including the use of firefighting aircraft, for which it largely ... for new vendors to enter the market or existing vendors to upgrade their ... Missoula, Montana; and the headquarters of California's fire aviation.

Hobbyist drone disruptions becoming problem in California wildfires

Oct 16, 2017 ... A drone in Petaluma halted Cal Fire helicopters from flying out to the ... are flying in the same airspace we're trying to use firefighting aircraft,...

Firefighters gain more containment overnight on Poly Fire - KSBY.com

Sep 26, 2017 ... CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Chris Elms says multiple aircraft are ... This is a developing story and will be updated with new information...

747 SuperTanker receives interim approval to fight California fires ...

Jul 29, 2017 ... ... a new weapon may soon be at firefighters' disposal to help combat ... The lack of contracts limits the aircraft's use to California and one county in Colorado. ... Watch videos of the SuperTanker in action, fighting fires in Chile:...

Aerial Firefighting North America gathers the world's experts ...

Feb 21, 2018 ... The Cal Fire director ran the operations during the October siege and the ... Victoria's firefighting aircraft fleet comes from across the world and ... Drones (UAVs) were used for the first time as part of a new trial to gather...

On the Front Lines With America's Wildfire Pilots - Firefighting Air Force

Sep 30, 2009 ... The flying is aggressive and dangerous, with old planes, new tactics and ... symphony of aircrafta California Department of Forestry and Fire...

Air tanker crash highlights age of California's firefighting aircraft ...

Oct 8, 2014 ... It was one of 23 such planes owned by Cal Fire, which are considered the workhorses of the US firefighting fleet. Used in the early stages of a...

Drone Impeded California Firefighting Efforts

Oct 17, 2017 ... The privately-owned drone caused Cal Fire crews to suspend their ... BuildingEye's New Target: Fire DepartmentsA Harbinger of Fire and Flood, ... the message in upper-case letters: FIRE FIGHTING PLANES CANNOT FLY...

Welcome to Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo County Fire Department

CAL FIRE a California state agency, functions as the County Fire Department under a ... County Fire Department is pleased to announce the development of this new ... CAL FIRE firefighters, fire engines and aircraft respond to an average of...

In Scorched California, a Year of 'Epic Firefighting' Is Testing Limits ...

Dec 8, 2017 ... A firefighting helicopter at the Thomas Fire near Fillmore, Calif., on Thursday. .... more engines and aircraft doesn't work, said Stephen J. Pyne, a fire ... of the New York edition with the headline: For Scorched California, 'Lot of...

World's Biggest Firefighting Aircraft Being Utilized in California ...

Oct 11, 2017 ... "We've used it the last two days pretty heavily," said Cal Fire ... The 747 Global Supertanker is the largest firefighting aircraft in the world, able to...

CAL FIRE Firefighters Local 2881 Sonoma-Lake-Napa Chapter ...

CAL FIRE Firefighters Local 2881 Sonoma-Lake-Napa Chapter. ... Congratulations to Mike Lopez and Cliff Allen and we look forward to their new roles. .... The U.S. Forest Service has scaled back the number of firefighting aircraft that might be...

Firefighting Aircraft - Cal Fire - State of California

The CAL FIRE Air Program has long been the premier firefighting aviation ... planes did not provide the airspeed and safety needed for the new airtanker.

Cal Fire calls for 'the largest tool' - AOPA

Oct 12, 2017 ... ... clear, the state's firefighters on Oct. 9 called in the new king of air tankers, ... Fire crews were stretched thin, many firefighters working 80 hours or more ... and $16,500 per flight hour, Cal Fire Deputy Director Janet Upton told...

Fighting Fires is Big Business for Private Companies Latest News ...

Oct 29, 2013 ... In recent years, private firefighting companies have often accounted for more ... At fires across the US, these planes are used to dump gallons of bright red .... there is less to burn, ultimately helped slow California's Rim Fire, but for now, ... His work has also appeared in The Guardian, New Internationalist,...

Watch Cal Fire's 747 SuperTanker attack the Wine Country wildfires ...

Oct 9, 2017 ... You've likely seen Cal Fire choppers and planes making tactical ... the the state's biggest, newest and most awe-inspiring fire-fighting weapon:...

747 SuperTanker fights fire in U.S. for first time - CBS News

Sep 5, 2017 ... The company says the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection ... for new air tankers but said it would only give contracts to planes with a ... Some firefighter advocacy groups suggested the Forest Service might...

Contract Dispute Grounds Converted 747 As Wildfires Rage Across ...

Jul 16, 2017 ... A giant aircraft that can fly high above oceans on intercontinental flights instead ... jet into a firefighting air tanker say it has proven itself battling forest fires in ... on with the 747 concerns him because it could show up in new contracts for his company. .... for the agency, most commonly known as CAL FIRE.

Cal Fire: Hobby Drone Grounded Firefighting Aircraft Battling Lake ...

Jun 24, 2015 ... Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said firefighting aircraft were grounded when a hobby drone was spotted flying over the Lake Fire.

Navy, Marines deploy firefighting helicopters near Camp Pendleton ...

Dec 8, 2017 ... Marine Aircraft Helicopters Support Fires in San Diego County ... are prepared to conduct firefighting missions at the Navy's Southern California...

WILDFIRES: Osprey becoming final line of firefighting defense ...

Mar 16, 2016 ... It's a whirlybird! It's a plane! But is it super? Cal Fire is welcoming the addition of a new firefighting tool, the MV-22 Osprey aircraft, whose rotors...