Bryan Reddish uploaded this video of Air Tanker 912, a DC-10, making a retardant drop prior to a backfiring operation on the Rocky Fire east of Clearlake, California.
I took these photos of the television screen as Los Angeles Channel 7 was covering the North Fire — the carmeddon fire that trapped scores of vehicles on Interstate 15 in southern California, burning 22 of them.
The temperature on the screen says 76 degrees, but that must have been at downtown Los Angeles, because about that time it was 88 degrees in San Bernardino, not too far from the fire.
Ryan Coulter took these photos of two of the DC-10 air tankers making drops on the Washington Fire, June 22, 2015, near Markleeville, California. The photo above is Tanker 911, and Tanker 912 is below. The DC-10s carry 11,600 gallons of retardant, compared to the 2,000 to 4,000 gallons other large air tankers can hold.
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Tim Crippin sent us this photo, along with a description:
Tanker 912 arriving in Medford just before noon today (June 17th) for the Buckskin fire. It worked along with Tanker 161 to drop retardant on the east and south containment lines in preparation for a planned burnout tomorrow.
The following morning, June 18, it was dispatched to the Lake Fire in southern California east of San Bernardino and had an ETA of noon. Air Attack on the Lake Fire requested for it arrive with a load of retardant. Air Attack said that fire has the potential to grow to 50,000 acres in two days.
This video was shot on September 12 and is tagged Silverado Fire at LiveLeak. It may be the same drop made by Tanker 912, a DC-10, shown in the photo below which was taken on the fire the same day. We posted the photo and more information about the Silverado fire on Wildfire Today.
A third DC-10 air tanker is expected to become available in the very near future. 10 Tanker Air Carrier has announced that the conversion of their third Very Large Air Tanker is complete and they expect to receive it at their company headquarters this week in Albuquerque. The final step will be certification by the Forest Service, after which it will be dispatched where requested by fire managers. It will be designated as Tanker 912.
The DC-10s always carry 11,600 gallons of fire retardant unless a smaller load is requested by fire managers. That is three to six times more than conventional air tankers.