December 2, 2023
An air tanker drops retardant on the Creek Fireplace. Courtesy Cal Fireplace

Cal Fireplace is bolstering its firefighting plane fleet throughout California for the second
yr in a row on account of over $72 million in funding supplied by the administration of Governor Gavin Newsom.

The funding has allowed CAL FIRE to safe 24 further firefighting plane (19 helicopters and 5 airplanes for a contractual interval of 90-120 days) to reinforce their statewide response efforts in opposition to wildfires in California.

The extra fixed-wing plane embody 3 massive airtankers particularly designed to hold as much as 4,000 gallons of retardant. These plane have beenstrategically positioned in communities throughout California and might be pre-positioned to satisfy the wants of potential fireplace exercise all through the state.

“The deployment of extra plane devoted to the folks of California marks a historic milestone, with the very best variety of firefighting plane ever out there for preliminary assault within the state for the second consecutive yr,” said Director and Fireplace Chief Joe Tyler. Chief Tyler additional defined that “the numerous rainfall California skilled this winter has led to a considerable enhance of extremely flammable fuels, which contribute to the fast escalation of fires.”

Final week alone, CAL FIRE responded to over 300 wildfires as temperatures continued to extend throughout the state.

Plane are initially prepositioned within the following Counties: Butte, Tuolumne, San Diego, Tulare, Humboldt, Mariposa, Nevada, Siskiyou, Sacramento, Fresno, Shasta, San Luis Obispo, Napa, Placer, Lassen, Riverside, and Sonoma Counties.

Established in 1970, CAL FIRE’s aviation program has grown to over 60 fixed-wing and rotary-wing plane, making it the biggest civil aerial firefighting fleet worldwide. This famend aviation program responds to 1000’s of wildfires dropping water and fireplace retardant in California every year.

In mild of those efforts, CAL FIRE urges the general public to chorus from working drones over areas with fireplace exercise. You will need to be aware that flying drones in these areas is strictly prohibited by legislation. Drone operation hampers aerial firefighting capabilities and poses vital dangers to lives, property, and pure assets.

CAL FIRE stays devoted to the safety of California’s communities and pure landscapes, and these further firefighting plane characterize a major step in direction of enhancing the state’s wildfire response capabilities.