Water scooping planes could replace tankers in fire fighting efforts

Posted on August 6th, 2012 No Comments

The chief of  U.S. Forest Service has disagreed with a study that using a different approach to fighting large-scale wildfires could yield better results.

Presently, the aircraft used to fight wildfires have been dropping fire-retardant chemicals on blazes. The study suggests the Forest Service should begin to incorporate amphibious water scooping planes in its efforts to extinguish fires.

These planes can scoop up more than 1,200 gallons of water from a large enough water source in a matter of seconds and be ready to deploy it onto a raging fire. However, there are concerns about displacing aquatic wildlife as well as injuring humans who may be in the water.

The wildfires that tore through Bastrop County in the summer of 2011 left many people without their homes. If you have been affected by the Bastrop County wildfires and your insurance company is refusing to live up to its end of the bargain, contact the wildfire insurance attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-639-8460.

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