An S-2 air tanker is ready to fight fire in Kansas

The owner of a crop dusting service in Kansas has acquired an S-2 air tanker formerly operated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Bill Garrison, owner of Ag Air Service out of Nikerson, Kansas, said…

Record-setting day at Helena Air Tanker Base

Twelve firefighting aircraft worked out of the base supporting the North Hills Fire The post Record-setting day at Helena Air Tanker Base appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Pilot’s view from a Firehawk

Dropping water on an active brush fire The post Pilot’s view from a Firehawk appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Smokejumpers gear up to fly to a wildfire

Many people would be surprised at the extent and complexity of the gear that smokejumpers must put on before they parachute into a wildfire. From the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service: When the alarm sounds at the BLM…

Russian company delivers three Ka-32 helicopters to Turkey

The helicopters will be used for firefighting The post Russian company delivers three Ka-32 helicopters to Turkey appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Record number of smokejumpers on roster in Alaska

Story and photos by Geoff Liesik, Alaska Fire Service, July 21, 2019 A record that stood for nearly 30 years fell this past week when the roster at the Alaska Smokejumper Base at Fort Wainwright was filled with the names…

C-130 works the Canyon Fire in Northern California

Napa County The post C-130 works the Canyon Fire in Northern California appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Air tankers at Medford during Lumgrey Fire

Tim Crippin sent us these photos he took at Medford, Oregon June 17, 2019 of air tankers working the Lumgrey Fire on the Klamath National Forest in Northern California. Thanks Tim! The post Air tankers at Medford during Lumgrey Fire…

An all-female helitack crew on a flight in Arizona

Ashlyn Parker, a pilot with Helicopter Express, let us know about an all-female crew on a recent flight while working near North Kaibab, Arizona supporting the Little Springs and Castle Fires: A helicopter flight on July 14th had an all…

Catching up with aerial firefighting on Twitter

Here is a collection of tweets about aerial firefighting. Most of them were brought to our attention by @jetcitystar. Numerosos medios terrestre y aéreos intenta apagar el incendió de “El Berrueco en Sotillo de la Adrada. Hoy a las 13:00…

Five more PB4Y-2 air tankers

In our continuing series of looking back at photos of historic air tankers, today we are featuring five PB4Y-2 Privateers: Tankers 30, 50, 121, 123, and 124.  All of these photos of the aircraft seen here were furnished by the…

Columbia Helicopters to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners

AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets, announced July 18, 2019 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Columbia Helicopters. Columbia’s CEO Steve…

How optimized initial attack strategies are winning a new wildfire war

Around the world, wildfire behavior is changing. In the U.S., climate change, unhealthy forests and human development in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) are combining to create more frequent, fast-burning blazes. As crews on the ground battle these dangerous and increasingly…

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