Mid July and nothing is burning in the West. The Schultz fire near Flagstaff Arizona grabbed some headlines in June burning north of 15,000 acres but that is it.
In California every fire is getting picked up. Initial attack with quick air attack response and well coordinated air tanker drops is killing everything quick.
The Fresno Bee reports tankers assigned to the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara were forced to use the Porterville Air Attack Base for reloading instead of the much closer Santa Maria Airport. The first tankers on scene Tuesday were able to reload one time in Santa Maria before being diverted to Porterville, double the distance […]
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 […]
Telegraph Air Attack is coordinating a massive air assault on a slopover on the northeast head of the fire in the Merced River drainage. A constant string of heavy air tankers and S-2’s are running back and forth between the fire and McClellan Air Field in Sacramento and Fresno. The smaller air attack fixed wing […]