Wildfire air tankers return to Penticton, B.C. ahead of wildfire season – Okanagan

Wildfire air tankers return to Penticton, B.C. forward of wildfire season – Okanagan

Wildfire-fighting air tankers have landed at Penticton Regional Airport forward of wildfire season.


The Penticton, B.C., tanker group was dispatched on Saturday and can stay on the airport till early September or till they’re now not wanted.

“That is typically round once they begin to arrive. We’ve eight air tanker bases throughout the province, and this is without doubt one of the bases. There are three planes there and 28 throughout the province,” mentioned BC Wildfire Service info officer Karley Desrosiers.

In accordance with BC Wildfire Service, the Penticton tanker base is the second busiest base within the province after Kamloops, primarily based on retardant utilization.

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The three tankers which might be stationed on the base are able to serve your entire area when needed.

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“They’re a provincial useful resource, so all 28 air tankers journey to the place assist is required. They might go so far as northern B.C., but in addition northern air tanker teams will come assist within the Okanagan space,” mentioned Desrosiers.

“There isn’t an outlined boundary during which they keep and sometimes there will probably be different air tanker teams that cease by to gas up and get extra retardant.”

Desrosiers mentioned that the wildfire season is off to a comparatively gradual begin. To this point this 12 months there have been 100 fires burning roughly 365 hectares in comparison with 176 fires and round 2075 hectares burned this time final 12 months.

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The group can count on to see the tankers flying round over the following couple of weeks, however given the cooler temperatures and low hearth exercise, these will probably be follow flights.

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“They’re massive and they’re very seen so it’s not unusual for individuals to see them coming and going from Penticton, however they are going to be heading out to areas to follow that aren’t very seen,” mentioned Desrosiers.

“If individuals do see them out flying round and are involved that there could also be a hearth within the space, I might say first examine the BC Wildfire Service app or our public dashboard to seek out out if there’s a hearth within the space, and if there isn’t then they’re probably heading out to follow.”

She added that as crews proceed to coach and put together for wildfire season, this can be a good time for residents to do the identical.

“I feel it is a vital time for people to be out making ready as effectively by making an emergency plan, testing FireSmart BC, performing some cleanup round their property to get ready for wildfires as effectively,” mentioned Desrosiers.

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