Wildfire in the mountains NW of Boulder CO. It’s up to 7100 acres (11 sq mi), 0% contained, with at least 92 structures lost. It’s a heavily populated area in the rugged foothills adjacent to Boulder. The city itself is not at risk, but my prayers go out to the people who have lost their homes and pets, or who wait for ANY news.
Local news story, Denver Post, and the CBS, ABC, and NBC TV affiliates.
The air is bad, but the sounds have been sweet. These pilots are my heros, ever since about 10 years ago when I first noticed what they do.
They don’t fly at night, and often can’t fly in thick smoke. I began to wonder whether modern avionics (including synthetic vision) could break those barriers and keep them flying, or whether targeting accuracy and safety would never be adequate. They aim to hit the marks within 10 ft, at 100 knots from 100 ft altitude.
Very helpful website. I learned that these air tankers, coming from various operators, use abbreviated (2-3 digit) tail numbers several ft tall, for easy ID from the ground. There are few enough air tankers that 2 digits is almost enough. Of course they also have regular N-numbers in smaller lettering.