Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4594 posts, RR: 18 Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
It's "Tanker 910" (for DC-10).
It hasn't been out of service. There was a couple of weeks max while they were working on the damage from the other fire.
California has contracted with the owner for exclusive use, so nobody else *will* be using it. It's not carded for use over Federal land. The one that was so carded, the 747, isn't going to be moving forward until at least next year now. It had a contract with USFS that contained an escape clause when the NATIONAL fire level went down to 3, and the FIre-O-Crats pulled the plug on it before it ever got to be used, based on that national number. Thus, it wasn't used on the California fires last year.
Insane. Asinine. But our government at work.
Bottom line is they don't want to pay for it, even if $5000/hr can save a million in homes. Idiots.