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    DNR, state police partner to fight wildfires

    An idea, first brought up in 2016, became a reality for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State Police.

    The DNR’s new device, called the “Bambi Bucket,” is a 320-gallon collapsible bucket that could be a big help to crews fighting future wildfires in the state.

    Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 01, 2022

     

    and last updated 4:47 PM, Jun 01, 2022

    LANSING, Mich. — An idea, first brought up in 2016, became a reality for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State Police.

    The DNR’s new device, called the “Bambi Bucket,” is a 320-gallon collapsible bucket that could be a big help to crews fighting future wildfires in the state.

    “It’s another important tool in the toolbox when it comes to fighting fires. The Bambi Bucket can help in the early stages of a fire to keep it manageable, keep it small, especially in an area that’s hard to access,” said Dan Laux, Fire Section manager for the DNR’s Forest Resources Division.

    The DNR says dropping water on a burning hot fire can help cool it down so crews on the ground can get near the flames more safely.

    Former DNR Fire Section leader Jim Fisher and pilot Bill Green presented the idea to state police in 2016.

    Michigan State Police was able to get a helicopter from a federal military surplus.

    Read more on this story at Fox 17

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