The Russian-designed Ilyusian IL76 Water-Bomber plane has the capacity to carry 16,000 gallons of water, able to put out a fire the size of 10 football fields lined up end to end, in fifteen seconds.
This is over TWICE the biggest US plane used for the job and most planes used for wild fire fighting in the US are much, much smaller and drop chemicals, not water.
Another big payday for the oil and chemical companies - and the bureaucrats and Congressmen who get pay offs from them.
It was only four years ago, almost to the day that we experienced the Cedar fire, which at that time was one of the biggest fires in California history, after investigation it was proven to be Arson.
Every year at this time the weather in Southern California becomes very dry and dangerous for fire.
You would think our government agencies would have learned something from it.
You would think that in four years... they would have figured out how to be prepared for this, but as you can see, the response has been totally inadequate. The numbers are staggering whether you are talking about money, homes, animals or the environment.
It's all devastating.
Did this tragedy have to happen? The answer is -- No. The technology to put out these monstrous fires already exists, but "our government" refused to use it in 2003, because it was made in Russia. The Russians designed the Ilyusian IL76 Water-Bomber plane with the capacity to carry 16,000 gallons of water, able to put out a fire the size of 10 football fields lined up end to end, in fifteen seconds.
Why did we refuse it then? Did politics and historical animosity get in the way of saving our land, our animals, and our homes?
Why was it not called in for this fire?
These are questions that the citizens should be asking their Government representatives.