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2014-09-24 12:21:44

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighters have continued to battle a record number and sizes of wildland fires in California, as drought and high temperatures persist with little to no relief in sight. Of the seven major wildfires still uncontained in California, the King Fire, which has burned 82,000 acres over 130 square miles in the El Dorado National Forest--just east of Sacramento--since Friday, September 12, is the most destructive, and remains just...

2014-09-12 12:20:55

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fixed wing air tanker and helicopter operators are helping firefighters get the upper hand on a massive fire which has been burning for the past month in the Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border. Known as the Happy Camp Complex fire, the lightning-sparked conflagration has torched nearly 100,000 acres and is currently just 30 percent contained. "Of our 10 tankers working right now throughout California and...

2014-07-24 12:22:02

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The aerial firefighting industry has deployed a significant number of aircraft and support personnel to the Pacific Northwest, as wildland fires have raged throughout Oregon and Washington. The surge of activity includes extensive operations on the Carlton Complex fire, which has so far burned over 243,000 acres, and is considered Washington's largest fire to date. "Fires of this intensity usually do not happen in the Pacific...

2014-07-17 08:21:41

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In what has already been declared a record year for wild land fires in California, private operators of air tankers and helicopters have provided invaluable assistance to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), one of the few state fire protection agencies that operates its own fleet of air assets. According to just-released CAL FIRE data, 2,990 fires erupted in the state between January 1, and July 7,...

2014-06-17 08:20:54

Aerial Firefighters Assure Aircraft Availability Through Aggressive Prep Work WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Operational readiness of firefighting aircraft during mandatory availability periods (MAPs) is assured, annually, thanks to an ongoing focus on heavy maintenance events scheduled for the low fire risk winter months. MAPs are the specific time frames, usually ranging between 90 and 180 days, when the operators are contractually obligated to Federal or State...

2014-05-19 08:20:45

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Private operators of fixed wing tankers and helicopters are deploying assets to San Diego County, California, to help fight a series of catastrophic, still uncontained fires which have destroyed nearly 10,000 acres, and an estimated 30 structures to date. "Our focus has been on the Freeway Fire near Camp Pendleton since May 13, using a P2V and a BAe 146 tanker flying out of San Bernardino," said Dan Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of...

2014-03-27 20:20:07

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- At the urging of the privately operated aerial firefighting industry, Colorado State Senator Steve King (R-Grand Junction) has inserted language into a Bill, which--if enacted--would give the Colorado Division Of Fire Prevention And Control the authority to lease or contract three Type 1 helicopters and up to "four large aircraft from the Federal government or other sources" for aerial firefighting. The legislative proposal, known as...

2014-01-21 08:20:47

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With a declared drought and record high winter temperatures driving an early fire season in California, operators of fixed wing air tankers and water-dropping helicopters are moving aircraft and crews into Southern California at a nearly unprecedented time of the year. "This is probably the earliest start to the fire season in California that I have seen," said Larry Kelley, the Boise, Idaho-based Director of Fire Operations for CHI...


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