"It's a war": California turns to new, high-tech helicopters to battle wildfires
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Improved night vision technology has revived night firefighting; most agencies halted night flying after a mid-air collision in the 1970s. But there’s an advantage to fighting wildfires at night: fires usually die down after dark.
The Chinook is the biggest helicopter to ever fight wildfires at night. The helicopter has a specially-designed tank, which is computer-operated to open at precise GPS points. And at night there’s an added advantage: the fire usually dies down.
“These fires get so large that there aren’t enough firefighters, aren’t enough airplanes, helicopters, bulldozers,” says Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy about the strain this year’s wildfires have put on firefighters.
As wildfires rage across the West, residents and firefighters alike are anxiously waiting for Mother Nature to lend a helping hand. Fortunately for some, relief is on the way, while for others, the danger will remain high:
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The Trump administration has rejected California's request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires, including a massive central California wildfire that has become the single largest in state history
THANK YOU to the 28,000+ Firefighters and other First Responders who are battling wildfires across California, Oregon, and Washington. I have approved 37 Stafford Act Declarations, including Fire Management Grants to support their brave work. We are with them all the way!
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