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Water tenders still finding water to douse flames even in drought

Hot and dry conditions may keep getting worse, but water tenders are getting water to help fight wildfires.

Posted: Jul 7, 2021 5:14 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2021 12:58 PM

CHICO, Calif. - As the hot and dry conditions keep getting worse, battling wildfires is becoming even more important.

"Getting to remote places is key because that is where fires get out of hand,” said David Schreiber, a Camp Fire survivor.

CAL FIRE uses water tenders to put fires out in those hard-to-access areas.

"They are basically like a mobile fire hydrant and then can hook up to an engine and keep them going,” said Rick Carhart, from CAL FIRE Butte County.

With most of California in an extreme drought, is there enough water to fill up?

"There are certainly water sources that would normally be available in a good water year, and some are completely dried up and just don't exist anymore,” said Carhart.

Water tenders will usually fill up with fire hydrants but when they are out in a remote area, it is more challenging to find water.

"They have a number of different ways to fill their water tanks that engines just can't do,” said Carhart. “That's why they are such a valuable service."

They have a tool that helps them find the nearest water sources to a fire, even during this drought.

"It's definitely going to be a concern, but firefighters are always going to find water,” said Schreiber.

If the engines are deep in the forest, they sometimes have to go back to the water tenders in order to refill.

"Essentially if there is a body of water, they have pumps they can put at the bottom of the water and run the hose through that way,” said Carhart.

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