Wildfire fighters will be shut down when the wildfire season begins


Denver (AP) —The world’s largest firefighting plane has been shut down, just as the western states are preparing for a wildfire season that fire authorities fear could be worse than average. ..

Washington Governor Jay Inslee spokeswoman Tara Lee said in an email Friday that the state’s Natural Resources Department had been warned of the closure of the world’s largest fire-fighting plane, called the Global Supertanker. Representatives of the department did not immediately answer questions about how the move would affect the state’s firefighting operations.

The decision to shut down SuperTanker was first reported Firefighting Aviation, This week, an industry website was sent to Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and US government officials reporting an email that a group of investors who own the plane was closing the plane.

Global SuperTanker Services LLC, a spokesman for the airline operator, declined to comment on Friday.

The Global Supertanker is a modified Boeing 747 that dumps up to 19,200 gallons (72,678 liters) of water or flame retardants in just 6 seconds and flies up to 200 feet (61 meters) above the ground to work. I can. It can be replenished in just 13 minutes.

SuperTanker has helped many western wildfires and was deployed in Israel in 2016 and Chile in 2017. The cost can be as high as $ 250,000 per day.

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