Stevens Fire Update

You can see for yourself from this webcam view that the fire is no longer a threat. If you can’t believe your eyes then you can read it here at Desastres.org, Peru’s top fire reporting site. I did a double take when I saw Google News had the Peruvian web site up top for news on this 150 acre wildfire.

Comment; The IC sized up the fire and requested Tanker 910. Dispatch approved the request and the Supertanker was overhead 2 hours later. Recall they believed this fire had the potential to reach 3,000 acres. My guess is the heavy tanker delivered a couple of well laid lines as part of the well coordinated air attack assault. The combined actions put this to bed.

Forty five engines were summoned to the scene along with crew strike teams and additional overhead. They were gearing up for a days long event.

It’s my contention the DC-10 Supertanker blew this fire away. This is the second time in the last week an initial attack incident commander asked for the tanker. These BC’s and fire captains are among the most experienced wildland firefighters in the world. If they order a piece of equipment it’s because the armament will help save property or lives of civilians and firefighters.

Particulars for this fire are as follow per the Incident 209 report.

Size/Area
Involved
105 ACRES
% Contained
or MMA
55 Percent
Projected Final Size:
135 ACRES
Estimated Costs
to Date
$250,000
Estimated Final Cost:
$1,500,000
Actions planned for next operational period:
MOP UP, PATROL, IMPROVE FIRE LINE

Total Personnel assigned to fire 849, (yup eight hundred and forty nine)

That is roughly 8 firefighters per acre and between them it will cost the state $1 million more before this one is “cold trailed” i the next day or so.

I hope to read some eyewitness accounts of the effectiveness of the big plane and the role it played. I am maintaining my theme for this summer that we are at the dawn of a new era in wildland firefighting, an era where supertankers become part of the initial attack arsenal statewide.

Reminder of what Tanker 910 can do.

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