Cal Fire Uses Aerial Resources to Fight Delta Fire

Cal Fire is using various aerial resources to help fight the Delta Fire and other blazes throughout California.

Posted: Sep 6, 2018 6:48 PM

CHICO, Calif. - During the busy wildfire season, Cal Fire has used various types of aerial resources to help fight blazes all throughout California. 

Action News Now reporter Laura Eng got a close up look at some of the planes that they are using at the Chico Air Attack base to help fight the Delta Fire, which sparked on Sept. 5 in Shasta County. 

One of the main types of resources they use is called the Type One Heli-Tanker, which is used to deliver water and retardants to the fires. The Heli-Tanker can carry up to 2,000 gallons at a time. 

However, according to Bill Neckels, a Cal Fire pilot of the Heli-Tankers, the fuel moisture has been at a record low in California. 

"Fuel behavior is unprecedented [in terms of] progress on the fires," Neckels said. "The fires develop so rapidly. We're having a hard time being effective on these initial attacks." 

Neckels said that he's had a very busy fire season, especially being one of the first pilots to respond to the Carr Fire and also spending some time on the Hirz Fire. 

Overall, there are 41 personnel from Cal Fire Butte County who are all over the North State helping out the firefighting efforts. 

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