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Additional Resources for Air Attack on Southern California Wildfires

"We will not stop until everyone is safe."

by / October 23, 2007

In coordination with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and California National Guard (CNG), Governor Schwarzenegger has announced additional aircraft resources available to fight the devastating Southern California wildfires.

"These fires are causing terrible and tragic devastation in our state, but we are responding and we will not stop until everyone is safe," said Governor Schwarzenegger.  "I will continue to be relentless in getting additional resources and everything our firefighters need to fight these wildfires. We are working around the clock and deploying every possible resource in cooperation with federal, state and local governments."

The additional aerial resources that have been made available to support the firefighting efforts are:

  • 6 CNG helicopters
  • 2 additional air tankers for a total of 27
  • 2 U.S. Navy helicopters from San Diego on standby
  • 2 Nevada National Guard helicopters
  • 2 DC-7s from Oregon
  • 1 Martin Mars 7,000 gallon water dropping aircraft from Canada 

The following aerial resources are currently being used to fight the wildfires:

  • 24 air attack aircrafts
  • 25 air tankers
  • 40 helicopters
  • 1 DC-10

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