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Airborne Chemical Attack on Brush and Forest Fires Pays Off—

Issue 1 and Volume 110.

Airborne Chemical Attack on Brush and Forest Fires Pays Off— FEATURES A Special FIRE ENGINEERING Report on the employment of chemically charged aircraft during recent California Forest Fires The December 1956 issue of FIRE ENGINEERING carried a report by Cliff Dektar of the serious forest fire in the San Bernardino area of California caused by the crash of an Air Force jet fighter on September 21, 1956. In that article the use of water and chemical solution application direct from aircraft flying over the burning area was reported. While the method used has been experimented with and used on minor forest fires previous to the San Bernardino blaze, the aerial operations carried on in the Lake Arrowhead vicinity were the first ever employed on a major forest fire. Since that episode, aerial chemical drops have been successfully employed in the November San Bernardino and San Diego holocausts and the more…

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