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Quenching the Flames

10th January 2020 Thomas Withington Once again, aerial firefighting has played a vital part in combating wildfires in California, with an armada of aircraft leading the efforts to douse the flames. It has been another busy year for aerial firefighting in California. The statistics speak for themselves: The US Forest Service and the California Department […]

Bakersfiled Fire

California wildfires: The day Paradise burned down

On 8 November 2018, a wildfire swept through northern California, becoming the deadliest fire in America for a century, ravaging the town of Paradise on its way. The Day California Burned documentary by BBC Two revisits the catastrophic day when the wildfire wiped out 95% of Paradise, leaving most of the city a charred ruin. Drawing on hundreds […]

Paradise Fire 2018

CAL FIRE adds a new Firehawk helicopter to its firefighting fleet

The new addition to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s rotor fleet has arrived at Sacramento McClellan Airport on 12th October 2019.  The new helicopter is a twin-engine craft called the Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk from United Rotorcraft, which are manufactured specifically for CAL FIRE and for firefighting purposes. It will serve statewide through the […]

CAL FIRE Firehawk