Using Aircraft on Wildland Fires

05/01/2012
BY DAN REESE Firefighters on the ground are ultimately the ones who extinguish fires. But they can only fight fire as fast as they can walk, at best, and usually engage flames that are only three to four feet high. Firefighters with equipment such as bulldozers may be able to handle flames of six to eight feet, and they travel only as fast as the fire's fuels and the terrain in which they are working will allow. The fastest these machines can travel is no more than 885 yards per hour—barely a half mile—on a single pass. Most fire lines may need up to three passes to create a fire break, depending on the fuel type. This is where aircraft come into the picture. Aircraft drop water and retar...

To access this articles and others like, join the Fire Engineering Training Network today.

  Gain unlimited access to the most comprehensive database of firefighter training info in the world.

  Membership in the Fire Engineering Training Network includes:

  • Exclusive Online Access to FireEngineering.com News & Articles
  • Fire Engineering Magazine Historical Archives (Online-Only)
  • Annual Print Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine
  • Annual Digital Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine

Join Now

 Already a member? Scroll down to the Login form below to access this article.

LOGIN TODAY

FE Logo

Log into Fire Engineering and you'll have total access to the industry's leading online resource for finest training simulations, articles, instructional videos and much more.

/* some other google analytics */ /* Audience 360 */ /* PerfectAudience */ /* ? */ /* Simpli.fi */ /* Google Analytics */ /* Pardot */ /* KM */