From Alaska Interagency Incident Management TeamSeptember 9, 2016
Due to the steep, rugged terrain the #SoberanesFire is burning in, it makes it unsafe to put firefighters on the line to take direct action in some of the areas throughout Los Padres National Forest. Fire managers are relying heavily upon aircraft to keep the 103,243-acre fire in check.
Helicopters and air tankers are being used to strategically drop water and retardant on the fire for both suppression and containment purposes.
Helicopters, in particular, are being utilized on this fire since they are more maneuverable than air tankers and can get into canyons and drainages that are unsafe for larger, fixed-wing aircraft. The fire has a fleet of 17 helicopters currently working on the fire.
Waiting in the Landing Zone
Prepping to go
Coming in for fire retardant with Pico Blanco in the background
Dropping fire retardant on the ridgeline