Aerial Attack on King Fire Helps Containment Effort

No homes have been burned in the King Fire thanks in part to all the retardant and water drops from above helping fire crews working on the ground, reports

It had been an all-out aerial attack against a fire that continued to burn out of control. Helicopters and air tankers have battled the King Fire with thousands of gallons of water and thousands of gallons of retardant.

“To date, we’ve flown 455-thousand gallons of retardant to the King Fire,” said Nick Pimlott of CalFire.

“It keeps the spots down and slows the fire down so we can get the crews out there,” explained Brian Baker, an air tanker pilot from Redding who stopped to re-load retardant at McClellan Air Force Base.

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