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Date: 08/05/22 02:02
Riparia Fire hits the Great Northwest RR
Author: funnelfan

Now the Great Northwest RR is taking a hit in the Snake River Canyon between Riparia and Central Ferry. This fire is burning along the north side of the Snake River where the railroad is. On Wednesday the Lower Goose Fire burned along the south side of the Snake River across from Riparia.

https://www.khq.com/news/state-fire-assistance-approved-for-3-000-acre-riparia-fire-in-whitman-county/article_babf48c8-1480-11ed-874c-2b3bf3c5d970.html

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



Date: 08/05/22 09:45
Re: Riparia Fire hits the Great Northwest RR
Author: BAB

Oh so glad its being evaluated for air support, wow that might come about the time its done burning.   



Date: 08/05/22 10:52
Re: Riparia Fire hits the Great Northwest RR
Author: PHall

BAB Wrote:
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> Oh so glad its being evaluated for air support,
> wow that might come about the time its done
> burning.   

Well you have a LOT of fires and there's only so many aircraft available. 



Date: 08/05/22 11:35
Re: Riparia Fire hits the Great Northwest RR
Author: BAB

PHall Wrote:
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> BAB Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Oh so glad its being evaluated for air support,
> > wow that might come about the time its done
> > burning.   
>
> Well you have a LOT of fires and there's only so
> many aircraft available. 
Very true so how many are right now then?  Know that crop dusters in that area have been used to fight fires in the past. Knew several personally over the years which dropped water on them. Oh and do know there are many fires buring is in the news every night. 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/05/22 11:44 by BAB.



Date: 08/05/22 13:30
Re: Riparia Fire hits the Great Northwest RR
Author: funnelfan

BAB Wrote:
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>  Know
> that crop dusters in that area have been used to
> fight fires in the past. Knew several personally
> over the years which dropped water on them. Oh and
> do know there are many fires buring is in the news
> every night. 

Air Tractor makes a version of their Crop Duster called a Fire Boss that is very effective in fighting fires. Many around here have pontoons so they can skim water from lakes, and with the Snake River right there, they have a good source of water if the wind doesn't make the water too choppy.

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



Date: 08/05/22 18:44
Re: Riparia Fire hits the Great Northwest RR
Author: PHall

Wind is another reason you can't use fixed wing or helicopter fire bombers sometimes.
When it starts getting up into the 40 MPH range the ability for airdrops to happen starts going down real fast.



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