In The Desert
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Fire Season 2
Cost of fighting a fire
I can't give you all the costs of fighting a fire in the desert, but I can give you an idea of what some of the larger pieces of equipment cost to lease for this purpose. For example: The Sikorsky Sky Crane which is now manufactured by Erickson Air-Crane is one of the big ticket items for fighting fires in the desert and surrounding mountains. Another is the P-2V Air Tanker. Other aircraft are also used for this, which includes the Chinook and Huey helicopters. See the photos below.
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Here's some specs. and costs for 1 of the above aircraft -- the Sikorsky.
Erickson Aircrane (formally the Skikorsky Skycrane
Weights 20,000 lbs. and can carry 25,000 lbs with a range of 200 miles. It burns 600 gallons an hour of jet fuel which costs $5.90 a gallon. Lease rate: between $6,000 to $9,000 an hour.
Of course the P-2V is not inexpensive to fly either. And the Chinook helicopter costs about the same for a lease rate. The Huey burns much less fuel and costs less but it also can't carry as big a payload. The Skycrane is by the far the better aircraft for fighting fires with it's much bigger storage tank. But use your imagination, what does it costs for the trucks, bulldozers and firemen that are out there fighting the fire. Total cost for a week of fighting fires in the desert can easily escalate into the millions of dollars.
Hopefully this will give you better understanding of what a fire can cost the taxpayers, so be careful out there in the desert. All the plant life in the desert is volatile.
Fire Location Maps
USDA (United States Dept. Agriculture) Forest Service Map of the entire United States, Current Large Incidents: HERE
Nevada Division of Forestry, Current Fire Restrictions: HERE
New Mexico Fire Information/Restrictions: HERE
Utah Fire Information/Restrictions/Map: HERE
Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention: HERE
The links to maps and information supplied here may not stay current, which is beyond our control. If a link is broken please use Google Search for more current information.
California Dept. of Forestry - Fire Protection: HERE