The Cal Fire eyes in the sky have this to say about fire season so far.
“We’ve been on a few, but no major ragers yet,” said Cal Fire pilot Joe “Hoser” Satrapa.
That could change this weekend with temperatures near 100 degrees, dry conditions and wind all equaling a red flag warning.
While the drop of 10,000 pounds of gooey retardant from Cal Fire planes is a common, almost graceful site, the fight from above a massive wildfire is anything but ordinary.
“It’s almost as exciting over combat missions over Vietnam, only in this particular case, no one’s shooting at you. It’s just as dangerous. Just as challenging,” said Satrapa.
With nasty conditions ahead, these pilots say they’re ready
“We train and get everything ready everyday, We brief how’s the weather gonna be, areas that are gonna be trouble spots for us,” said Captain Kurt Chamberlin.
Inside the command center in Grass Valley, there may not be planes, but the men and women deploying resources are on their A-game, too – working toward one common goal.
“Want to make it not exciting for the folks on the ground if we can,” said Chamberlin.