Fighting wildfires from the air
Tanker planes used to battle flames
- Duration 3:15
- Date Jun 15, 2012
Tanker planes used to battle flames
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-- for this story once again now more than 200 homeowners.
Have been told they need to get out of their homes immediately.
They deadly high park west fire tearing through northern Colorado now it has already taken one life and torched a hundred.
Buildings many of them homes and residences -- -- service tanker planes.
There's pictures of that happening Criss crossing the area helicopters up there as well they're targeting him.
The most dangerous part of these flare ups.
We're looking for hot spots anything that's gonna jump across the retardant line all this is coordinated through.
All kinds of communications in the aircraft and working with the guys on the ground with mother nature of the weather in the win that -- -- changes everything it's very dynamic out there.
Is it ideas for -- streaming live from Fort Collins -- -- -- this morning what's the latest Dan.
You know mark you -- that new evacuations were -- let me give you an idea where that is in this of the fire -- -- -- another 2000 acres yesterday at a 52000.
Acres that's almost eight square miles.
The fire jumped this northwestern.
All part of the Philly area and it jumped the road here and that's what evacuation order for another 200 homes -- in this area.
August fire is now between fifteen and 20% contains they got more containment.
On the southern and eastern edges but it continues to burn very actively over here.
This fire is now at seven point two million dollars at a cost a flight to jump -- double.
-- -- world was yesterday there are massive amounts of resources being poured.
-- -- this firefighting effort.
All the weather has gotten a little bit better overnight we got some rain in the area not allow for the little bit of rain and the humidity levels when a little includes a two edged sword.
Because now we have more wind today and also with that rain came thunderstorms we as -- lightning strikes.
-- are some -- fires overnight as well so we can see that these firefighters are really battling some severe conditions out here and changing conditions.
-- when it when it.
Huge job for them to take with all of those different forces that they have.
To deal -- so what are -- doing in terms of talking about ways of preventing real catastrophic fires in terms of people.
Again we're seeing so many more of these catastrophic fires -- the -- -- -- a major player not a New Mexico we've really just begun the fire season.
All of the US Forest Service chief has said that what we have to do.
We've got will build back good to mother nature -- some of these fires that are naturally.
-- -- just burn the burn all the all the extra fuels we also need to do more in the way of thinning projects getting people in and -- some of the the brush.
And he had had the stuff has accumulated in the fourth because we've had such good fire suppression.
Over the last 3040 years that there's been too much fuel buildup now doesn't -- are very controversial a local level you have people who are opposed to the -- They want restrictions put on logging and other people are saying you know we've had prescribed birds that have gone very bad.
And it's caused fires that have.
That have all grown out of control.
And so you have solutions for them.
They're very controversial big question about how much to mess with bad mother nature -- what works well and what doesn't have very windy out there right out and thanks so much get.