The Los Angeles County Fire Department announced it has secured the early arrival of two SuperScooper firefighting planes.
The CL-415 fixed-wing SuperScoopers are being leased from the Quebec provincial government in Canada, according to Tony Bell, press deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
The planes are due to arrive in the area on Aug. 15, two weeks early, Bell said.
The aircraft can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water and take only 12 seconds to scoop water and inject it with fire-resistant foam, Bell said.
The planes can fly for three hours without refueling, Bell said.
An Erickson Aircrane Helitanker, which can deliver 2,200 gallons per drop, was also leased for this year’s fire season and will also be placed into service on Aug. 15, Bell said.
—City News Service