September brings heightened fire danger, so it’s the time of year when Los Angeles County brings in two Super Scooper airplanes.
The bright yellow and red-painted planes can scoop up a load of 1,600 gallons of water into their bellies while skimming a lake, then drop it onto brush fires. They can land on land or water.
This is the 19th year the county has the leased water-dropping planes. They cost $2.75 million for three months.
This year’s models come from a fire department in Quebec, Canada.
The Bombardier CL-415s will be in the county through November. They are based at Van Nuys Airport and augment the county’s fleet of ten helicopters.