Tue, Sep 01, 2009
Governor Schwarzenegger Had Cancelled Some Contracts For Budget
With several wildfires
raging in California, threatening to destroy hundreds of homes
around the state, Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger's decision to
cancel some contract for aerial firefighting equipment is being
called into question, but the state is still spending money on
short-term contracts with firefighting companies in an effort to
save lives and homes.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Schwarzenegger cancelled a
contract for a DC-10 firefighting tanker, saving taxpayers $7
million, but is now operating on a short-term 90 day contract for
the same aircraft at about $43,000 per day in northern California.
The Station fire near Los Angeles continues to grow, having at
least doubled over the past two days, and the DC-10 was fighting
that fire as well.
Photo By John Livzey
This photograph sent to ANN shows an Aero Union Orion P3
dropping flame retardant near a home in Southern California. The
California Firefighting Aviation Division reports more than 104
thousand acres have burned in the state since August 21st. There
are currently 56 helicopters and 11 fixed-wing aircraft engaged in
fighting those fires. The CAL FIRE emergency response air program
includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, 11 UH-1H Super
Huey helicopters, and 14 OV-10A airtactical aircraft. From 13 air
attack and nine helitack bases located statewide, aircraft can
reach most fires within 20 minutes.
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