Fighting a brush fire with flappers and a helicopter

The video below shows something that I didn’t think was possible — fighting a brush fire with flappers. I have used them on grass and leaf litter fires, but never imagined that they could be an effective tool on a brush fire. However in this video which shows firefighters in Spain, they have the assistance of water drops from a helicopter.

It is an interesting video that features a helicopter-based wildland firefighting crew. Here is the description that is on YouTube, translated from Spanish by Google Translate:

Diary of a firefighter

A brief tour of the work of the fire fighters of BRIF (reinforcement Brigades forest fire) from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

MAGRAMA currently has ten BRIF service during summer campaigns, distributed all over the country, and five smaller BRIF during the winter-spring season, in the north and west of the peninsula during the winter also BRIF perform preventive tasks ranging from cleaning up tracks controlled burning. Their bases are located in areas of high fire risk or high forest wealth that must be protected. At the same time, seeking to achieve strategic locations by helicopter anywhere in the State within a reasonable time.

The video also has some footage of a fire whirl or fire tornado, however it is much smaller than some of the others we have reported on. But still, I would not want to be standing next to it.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Fighting a brush fire with flappers and a helicopter”

  1. Translation to Spanish of this web

    El siguiente video muestra algo que yo no creía que fuera posible, la lucha contra un incendio de matorral empleando batefuegos. Los he utilizado en incendios de hierba y hojarasca, pero nunca imaginé que podría ser una herramienta efectiva en un incendio de matorral. Sin embargo, en este vídeo que muestra los bomberos en España, ellos cuentan con la asistencia de las descargas de agua de un helicóptero.

    Se trata de un interesante video que muestra una brigada helitransportada de extinción de incendios forestales.

    El vídeo también tiene algunas imágenes de un remolino o tornado de fuego, sin embargo, es mucho más pequeño que algunos de los otros que he publicado. Pero aún así, no me gustaría estar de pie junto a él.

    1. Always impressed with Spain looking like
      California and parts of the American west.
      Same type of fuels, too. Good post…
      Thinking of Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti
      Westerns.” which were filmed there…


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