COLORADO SPRINGS - The Colorado Springs Global Supertanker is helping with firefighting efforts in California.
The modified 747 is able to travel up to 4,000 miles and carry more than 19,000 gallons of fire retardant or water.
A pilot of the plane, Marcos Valdez says it’s the specifications that make the supertanker a valuable tool.
"So far we've gotten favorable reports from them that the aircraft is doing what we had hoped it would. It’s effective," said Valdez.
The Supertanker flew out from Colorado Springs to Northern California on Monday to fight the fires that have already burned thousands of acres.
The CEO of Global Supertanker Services, Jim Wheeler says the aircraft has already made 13 flights over California and has dropped more than 200,000 gallons of fire retardant to extinguish the flames below.
The Supertanker is one of only a dozen aircraft capable of making major drops of retardant or water.
To stay up-to-date on where it is located, you can visit the Global SuperTanker Services, LLC Facebook page.