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Firefighting Air Fleet Down, Perfect Storm Brewing

Last year, air tankers provided support to fight wildfires here in Southern California. Estimates are that over 700,000 acres burned.

That translates into about seven percent of the standing dead trees in Southern California, according to fire department sources.

That leaves 93% available for fires to burn.

Not to add fuel to the fire, but the government has grounded its tanker fleet based on safety concerns. Apparently, for good reason. The fleet is old and apparently not safe.

Have a look at the remaining dead trees (scroll down to look at bottom picture).

Is there a perfect storm brewing again this year?

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, May 11, 2004

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