Firefighters aggressively attack North Park Fire

The fire is north of San Bernardino on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest

DC-10 drop North Park Fire
A DC-10 comes out of the smoke dropping retardant on the North Park Fire. Screen grab from @ABC7Leticia video below.

(Originally published at 3:49 p.m. PDT October 12, 2018)

Thanks at least in part to the prepositioning of several air tankers and an aggressive attack by firefighters on the ground, a fire that broke out Friday afternoon was hit with overwhelming force. As this is written at 3:49 p.m. Friday the North Park Fire has slowed considerably and the air tankers have returned to their bases.

The fire is north of San Bernardino, California on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest. At 2:56 p.m. PDT the Forest Service reported that it was approximately 50 acres with a rapid rate of spread with no threat to structures. It was being fought by at least 150 firefighters and two helicopters. In addition, the air tankers working on the fire included a DC-10, a C-130, an MD87, and approximately three S-2Ts.

map North Park Fire
Map showing approximate location of the North Park Fire.

ABC7 reported that two individuals have been detained. It is not clear what role, if any, they may have had in regards to the fire.

Ms. Juarez’s video below is very impressive. She shrewdly began filming before the DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker was visible, and captured it as it emerged out of the smoke dropping retardant.

Anticipating strong, dry, Santa winds beginning Sunday or Monday, the fire agencies moved several air tankers into Southern California.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Firefighters aggressively attack North Park Fire”

  1. Hi Bill,I may have missed it,but do you know where the DC10 was flying out of? i know in years past they were flying out of McClellan to go as far as New Mexico,but i have no idea if they are still doing that sort of thing,a couple years ago they flew the socal fires from MCC,just seems like a long way to go,but it is a heavy plane…


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