Crucial, firefighting aircraft have arrived early in southern California and that’s welcome news to homeowners in fire-prone areas.
Each year, the so-called ‘Super Scoopers’ are leased from the government of Quebec, but this time they came three weeks ahead of schedule.
The bright, yellow and red planes can get in the air within minutes, fly up to 200 mph and scoop up 1,620 gallons of water in just 12 seconds, the LA Times reports.
They’ve proven to be huge assets during the wildfire season—fire officials say. Based at Van Nuys Airport, the Super Scoopers arrived on Saturday and began operations today. They’ll be in the LA-area for at least 90 days.
LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby says, even though they are a big help, a wildfire can still take off and in that case the planes usually assist with perimeter control and protecting lives and property.
Many residents wonder why LA County doesn’t just buy the tankers. Osby says it’s cheaper to lease them, but also added that the county may consider other options in the near future because of the drought, ABC 7 reported.
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