CAL FIRE Butte County sends aerial attacks for Red Bank Fire

Several air tankers from CAL FIRE Butte County are grounded for the night after hours in the skies over the Red Bank Fire.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 11:11 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2019 11:13 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Several air tankers from CAL FIRE Butte County are grounded Thursday night after hours in the skies over the Red Bank Fire.

CAL FIRE had several air tankers coming through the Chico Air Attack Base, constantly coming through here, trying to get back out as soon as possible to the Red Bank Fire.

"Since this fire is just getting going and is growing quickly there is a sense of urgency," said Rick Carhart, Public Information Officer for CAL FIRE Butte County. 

All day, Batallion Chief Shem Hawkins has had his eyes on the Red Bank Fire from the sky since it started.

"It is in a very remote, difficult to access location with a tremendous amount of fuel," Hawkins said. "What we really have a problem with is the shortage of ground base firefighters because retardant is only so good as the number of people we can back it up with."

Hawkins said aircrews will continue to prioritize where the bigger threats are.

"They'll allocate the resources to be able to push and hit those areas hard," Hawkins said. 

Air tankers will remain grounded with the sundown, but as the sun comes back up, CAL FIRE said they will be back out there again with the firefighting efforts as soon as possible. 

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