Fall brings cool, wet weather, which serves as a huge relief to areas devastated by the 2014 US wildfire season. In the last sixty days, a number of high-profile tragedies have highlighted the dangers of wildfires. In September, the town of Weed, California was nearly wiped out by theÂ vicious Boles Fire, which destroyed over 150 homes and buildings. Just a few weeks ago, CalFireÂ Pilot Craig Hunt was killedÂ when his S-2 tanker crashed while fighting the Dog Rock Fire near Yosemite National Park.
In the spirit of respect and appreciation for the efforts of all forest firefighters, aerial and “ground-pounders” alike, AirlineReporter offers this two-part series on Aerial Firefighting.
The 2014 fire season began with a bang, as anÂ early season fire in AlaskaÂ consumed nearly 200,000 acres before a badly needed weather system put it to rest. About the same time, a vicious collection of firesÂ raged through heavily populated areas of Southern California. All of this took place before we had even seen the first day of June.