SACRAMENTO, CA - The Global SuperTanker is now helping to fight a fire in Northern California. The converted Boeing 747-400, which is based in Colorado Springs, is dropping retardant on the Ponderosa fire that's burning 10 miles east of Lake Oroville.
This is the first time the plane has been deployed in the United States.
“It’s an honor to work on behalf of the people and state of California as they face yet another potentially devastating wildfire,” said Jim Wheeler, President and CEO of Global SuperTanker Services, LLC. “We are confident the unsurpassed firefighting ability of the Global SuperTanker will be a tremendous asset for CAL FIRE and its team on the ground as they suppress the Ponderosa Fire. CAL FIRE has long believed in and supported the SuperTanker; we will work tirelessly with them to get the job done in Ponderosa or wherever fire threatens our fellow citizens.”
The Global SuperTanker has previously fought fires in Israel and Chile.
The Ponderosa Fire has grown to over 3,500 acres, has destroyed 10 homes and is still threatening about 500 more. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the fire that started on Tuesday. Cal Fire law enforcement officers have arrested 29-year-old John Ballenger for starting a campfire outside of a campground and allowing it to grow.