Our Pictures of the Fire From August
North shore of Byng Inlet August 5 / 1:33 PM.
We notice the fire minutes before and hear the rush of flames
consuming white pine and jack pine. The trees are igniting and
exploding in the intense summer heat.
1:43 PM the first water bomber arrives ! The
converted Twin Otters [1997
] scoop up and carry the water in their floats, then hold and drop
water on forest fires.
CL-415's arrive to
fight the fire at around the same time.
CL-415's dropping water
If you look close in the picture below, you can see the plane spotting
[above the Twin Otter] the fire and giving coordinates to the water bombers. At this time
there are quite a few water bombers in the sky, refilling their
tanks and in the process of taking off or landing. It is very well
managed and is like a ballet. I felt very proud to be a Canadian
and knew how lucky we are to have such able firefighters. The
total time took many hours to fight this blaze and the crews came
by the following day to add more water to the smoldering fire. We were
told that kids started the fire but can't confirm this fact.
Dog" Aircraft or Spotter
Two pictures of a
CL-415 filling it's tanks, in front of Wright's Marina at
2:01 PM, August 10 2001 five days after the first fire,
fighting a new lightning strike on our side of the Inlet. Talk
about global warming !!!
Designer/Manufacturer: Bombardier Aerospace,
Type of Aircraft: High wing, all metal,
amphibious flying boat with integral tanks for water bombing.
Uses: Forest fire fighting.
Power Plant: Two Pratt & Whitney PW123AF
engines, 2,380 shp each.
Wingspan: 28.63 m (93 ft. 11 in.).
Length: 19.82 m (65 ft. 0.5 in.).
Height: 8.98 m (29 ft. 5.5 in.).
Fuel Capacity: 5,796 L (1,297 Imperial gallons).
Integral Tank Capacity: 6,130 L (1,350 Imperial
Maximum Payload: 6,123 kg (13,500 lbs.).
Maximum Takeoff Wt.: Disposable Load - 19,890 kg
Non-disposable Load - 17,169 kg (37,850 lbs.)
Takeoff Distance: Disposable Load - 823 m (2,700
Non-disposable Load - 701 m (2,300 ft.)
Max. Liftoff Weight: (after scooping): 21,319 kg
Scooping Distance: 15 m - 15 m (50 ft. to 50
ft.): 823 m (2,700 ft.).
Scooping Time: 12 seconds.
Typical Time on Fire Scene: 4 hours.
Max. Ferry Range: 2,427 km (1,310 n. mi.).
Cruise Speed Water Load: 325 km/h (190 knots).
Cruise Speed: Empty (at 5,000 ft.) - 365 km/h
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