Fighting the Badger Fire from above

Fighting the Badger Fire from above

WIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – One of the tools they are using to fight the Badger Fire is airplanes.

The airplanes fly over the fire to drop retardant on the flames.

“It’s a crew of two that fly the aircraft,” said Justin Hawkins, a first officer with Neptune Aviation. “It’s a large air tanker as you can see it carries three thousand gallons of retardant to the fire.”

The Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and the Magic Valley Regional Airport work together to coordinate filling up and loading of the different airplanes.

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