The Martin Mars supertankers are set to make drops on the north head of the Telegraph Fire some time today.
Two air attack crafts circling 6,000 ft above the fire were heard discussing plans to use the giant planes to bolster a double wide dozer line on top of (or near) Black Mountain.
The Martin Mars “bird-dog” or lead aircraft is scouting the path of the huge tankers this morning. The lead plane also scouts refilling spots for the tankers. The tankers will dip into Lake Don Pedro to refill their 7,000 gallon tanks. Anyone near the reservoir will be treated to a rare treat today.
The ETA for the Mars craft is approximately 1:30 pm this afternoon.
They (tankers) can be in the air in ten minutes and, based on historical data, each can make a drop every fifteen minutes. Working in tandem, this equates to 7,200 US gallons (27,276 litres) every seven minutes and each drop can cover an area of up to 4 acres (1.6 hectares). It has often been said that the Mars, with a 60,000 pound (27,216 kilogram) payload of foam, is like “”a huge wet blanket”. The highly experienced Mars pilots, working closely with the Incident Commander…