Two CL-415 SuperScoopers fire-fighting aircraft leased from the government of Quebec will arrive for service in Los Angeles County on Sept. 1, according to the County Board of Supervisors.
SuperScoopers are a fixed-wing aircraft that can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water and takes only 12 seconds to scoop water from a lake and inject it with fire-resistant foam – a combination up to three times more effective than water alone. They can be airborne in as little as five minutes and fly three hours before refueling.
In addition, an Erickson Aircrane Type I Helitanker was also leased for the 2015 fire season. Capable of delivering 2,200 gallons per drop, it will be placed into service on Saturday, August 15, 2015.
“To combat wildfire and protect life and property, these vital aircraft will supplement our County Fire Department’s water-dropping helicopters, its arsenal of ground equipment, and the nation’s finest firefighting force,” said Antonovich.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department will continually monitor the fire activity, wildland fuel conditions and weather forecasts in order to determine if these important firefighting resources will need to be extended past their initial lease periods.