Send in the SuperTanker? 'That's an option for the incident commander'
EUGENE, Ore. - As fires rage out of control in Oregon, several people have asked:
Where is the Global SuperTanker?
The firefighting 747 can carry 19,000 gallons of water - and dump it all as fast as 7 seconds, acting like a hurricane on a fire.
According to the aircraft's owners, it is parked in Sacramento. The plane could be called on and ready to go within 30 minutes.
The aircraft worked on the Klamathon Fire in northern California.
And it is available for use in Oregon, in the right circumstances.
"That's an option for the incident commander, depending on the landscape, the smoke conditions, the wind - all those come into play," said Doug Grafe with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Timing is important for those large air tankers."