AirTalk for May 3, 2013

The risks and technologies behind night-time fire-fighting:

Springs Fire

Grant Slater/KPCC

A helicopter from Kern County drops water on a brushfire in the unincorporated Newbury Park neighborhood west of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County.

The risks and technologies behind night-time fire-fighting: The Summit fire continues to rage across Ventura County as high winds and low humidity fuel the flames. So far the fire has burned more than 10,000 acres from Camarillo south of the 101 Freeway all the way to the Pacific Coast Highway.

The blaze is only 10 percent contained as firefighters battle tough conditions. Overnight, firefighters suspended aerial drops of water and were fighting the fire from the ground. The aerial drops resumed at sunrise this morning.

What are the special challenges of fighting a fire at night? When do firefighters use nighttime water drops from small planes or helicopters?   


Corey Moore, KPCC reporter at the Camarillo command center

Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CalFire)


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