KUNC's Nathan Heffel interviews Bernie Post, technical representative with Phos-Check of Ontario, California.
As of 6pm Wednesday, air tankers flying out of the JeffCo tanker base had dropped 58,557 gallons of retardant on the High Park Fire. So what is the red stuff falling out of the planes? How does it work?
KUNC's Nathan Heffel interviews CO Senator Mark Udall about the signing of a bill which will speed up the contracting of new US Forest Service air tankers. The current fleet stands around 17 tankers.
A bill to speed up the contracting of seven new Forest Service air tankers has become law. President Barack Obama signed the bill Wednesday. While the new planes won't be ready to fight the High Park Fire, Senator Mark Udall says the tankers will modernize the fleet.
This so-called sky crane or snorkel helicopter is one of the most complex pieces of machinery used to fight the High Park Fire. It has a hose that sucks up to 2,600 gallons of water to drop over hot spots.
P2-V air tanker lands at Fox Field in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA
Credit Rennett Stowe / Flickr - Creative Commons
Heavy firefighting air tankers are one of the most visible resources being used to fight the High Park Fire. The cost to fly and maintain the large aircraft is not cheap, and will continue to increase as the fire remains relatively uncontained.