CAL FIRE’s rapid aerial attack helps douse potential infernos




This Grumman S-2T airtanker made drops on the Bridgeport Fire off Old Highway on July 10. The aircraft type did anti-submarine duty for the U.S. Navy until 1972.Those big DC-10s airplanes that drop retardant on wildfires are becoming a common sight in the air above Mariposa County.
The aircraft are part of CAL FIRE’s aggressive initial attack on flames, designed to stop wildland fires in their tracks.
Although calling planes in to help fight fires isn’t new, with the drought and tin...

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