California: Martin Mars on Lime Complex

The Martin Mars air tanker, which holds 7,200 gallons, made 5 drops on the Lime Complex and the Motion fire on Tuesday. It scooped the water out of Lake Shasta. Aerial firefighting in northern California has been very limited for the last 2 days due to poor visibility caused by smoke from the fires.

A total of 8 MAFFS air tankers, C-130’s from the military, are now assigned, working out of McClellan near Sacramento.

Martin Mars Drop
The giant Martin Mars water bomber drops a mixture of gel and water it scooped out of Lake Shasta on the Motion Fire Tuesday evening. Jakob Schiller.

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