Super Scoopers join firefighting battle

    LANCASTER — The two yellow-and-red Super Scooper airplanes parked at Gen. William J. Fox Airfield belong to Bridger Aerospace Group Holdings LLC, a veteran-owned aerial firefighting operation under contract with the US Forest Service to fight raging wildfires in California.

    The aircraft arrived in the Antelope Valley about a week ago. So far, they have assisted with the Emigrant Fire that broke out Friday afternoon along Interstate 5 near Cas­taic. They also assisted with the Windy Fire, which is burning on the Tule River Indian Reservation and in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County.

    The $30 million purpose-built aircraft can carry 1,412 gallons of water scooped up from existing water sources. With California in the midst of a severe drought, finding suitable water sources can be tricky.

    Read more on this story at the Antelope Valley Press


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