Single LA fire consumes one year's usage of water and fire retardant 2009-09-04 03:45:58   Print

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Firefighting aircraft have dropped about 1.7 million gallons of water and nearly 700,000 gallons of fire-retardant chemicals in an effort to put out the Station Fire in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, officials said on Thursday.

    Over 20 helicopters have dropped more than 1.7 million gallons of water and more than 18,000 gallons of fire-retardant chemicals. And 11 fixed-wing air tankers have dropped about 670,000 gallons of fire-retardant chemicals, Station Fire incident commander Mike Dietrich said.

    "That's more than some of our permanent air tanker stations across the country drop in an entire year," he said. "So that's pretty substantial."

    The fixed-wing tankers include three large aircraft -- a DC-10,a Boeing 747, and a SuperScooper, according to the fire official.

    According to the latest estimates released by fire commanders, by Thursday morning, the containment of Station Fire has increased to 38 percent and the number of houses under the threat has gone down by 2,000. A firefighter was airlifted away from the scene as one of his leg is broken.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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