Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Air Tanker

Fire Terminology has a long list of definitions and we are ready to break it down for you each day.  As we compile our list, you are welcome to comment on our post and we will add them as we go.  Ready?  Here we go in 3-2-1. Go.

Air Tanker

One of Coulson’s Air Tankers during the Rimrock Fire in Washington State. (c) NW Fire Blog

An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  We know many of you either are pilots of these big flying machines or have reaped the benefits from their flyover helping you and your crews stop the wildfire(s) from spreading further, even putting them out.


Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Source:  USDA US Forest Service

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