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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1996
The recent rash of disastrous fires throughout Southern California once again points up the need for more water bombers. The two Super Scoopers rented from Canada just do not serve the needs. With what is being spent to contain these conflagrations, 100 surplus Air Force bombers could be converted to do the same thing and would be available on a permanent basis, complete with flight crews. Firestorms could then be better managed with a massive onslaught when the fires are just beginning to build.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A brush fire broke out in Gorman on Friday afternoon. Fire officials say it is threatening some structures. The 30-acre Pine fire is burning south of California 138 near Quail Lake. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Old Ridge Route south of the highway "due to heavy fire" and urged people to avoid the area, according to tweets from @CHPSouthern. Authorities initially said they would evacuate some people in the area, but shortly before 2:30 p.m. decided that no evacuations were necessary "at this time," according to Los Angeles County fire officials.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996
We at Canadair who manufacture the "Super Scooper" firefighting aircraft are very pleased that the County of Los Angeles has embarked on a five-year program of leasing the CL-215Ts to assist in combating wildfires during the critical fall portion of the fire season. As you noted, the success of the two-year evaluation resulted in the county's decision to commit to this technology. And it would be our hope that the "Super Scoopers" will eventually be a full-time part of Southern California's firefighting arsenal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
Fire exploded last week across southern California, from the apple orchards of Oak Glen to the enclaves of Tujunga. As fire does, it ravaged acreage -- more than 154,000 acres in Los Angeles County alone by early Saturday -- and lives. Two firefighters died. Others were injured. Dozens of residents found their homes turned to ash. And if autumn's history is any guide, last week was a siren warning of things to come. The least of the lessons to be gained from this fire may have been the political ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A brush fire broke out in Gorman on Friday afternoon. Fire officials say it is threatening some structures. The 30-acre Pine fire is burning south of California 138 near Quail Lake. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Old Ridge Route south of the highway "due to heavy fire" and urged people to avoid the area, according to tweets from @CHPSouthern. Authorities initially said they would evacuate some people in the area, but shortly before 2:30 p.m. decided that no evacuations were necessary "at this time," according to Los Angeles County fire officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1996
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally approved an agreement to lease two Super Scooper firefighting aircraft for the next five fire seasons. Leasing the Super Scoopers from the government of the Canadian province of Quebec will cost about $1.2 million this year and no more than $1.5 million in each succeeding year, according to county documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1994
Yea for the Super Scoopers! Thank goodness the county has seen fit to lease these marvelous fire-fighting airplanes. They aided in extinguishing the fire in the canyon behind West Hills area, thus preventing a potentially disastrous fire from spreading into other areas. ARLENE E. BERNHOLTZ West Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1996 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As one of Los Angeles County's worst wildfires in recent memory continued to churn out of control Wednesday, the county's vaunted Super Scooper firefighting planes were nowhere to be found. Because of predictions by county fire officials that the planes would only be needed for about two months, beginning in mid-October, they are still in Canada. But late Wednesday, county Fire Chief P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The much-heralded Super Scooper firefighting planes ran into trouble trying to battle the Malibu blaze Thursday, their first major test against the classic Southern California fire conditions of strong winds hurling flames over forbidding mountain slopes. Still, fire officials said they were pleased with the planes' performance. "The 35 to 50 m.p.h. winds affected the dropping capabilities," said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Steve Valenzuela.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2002 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fire question in brushy Topanga Canyon parrots the earthquake question throughout Southern California: not whether the Big One will come, but when. Moreover, what can be done about it? Some residents are offering an answer to the second part of the question: They are seeking private funds to buy two $22-million firefighting "Super Scooper" airplanes, which they would then donate to the county.
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September 2, 2009 | James Rainey
I flipped from station to station this week, mesmerized by images of flames rolling over the San Gabriel Mountains and by the sound of newspeople making like war correspondents. They talked about the inexorable "march" of fire across the mountains, the "counterattack" by fire crews. But especially, they seemed fixated on the "air assault." A reporter on KTTV-TV Channel 11 demanded to know Tuesday morning why no water or retardant was being dumped on a Glendale hillside. A KCAL-TV Channel 9 anchor (and at least one of my colleagues)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2008 | Bob Pool, Pool is a Times staff writer.
Ared flag alert was on, making it a perfect time for one final water drop for the Super Scooper pilot who for 13 years has led Canadian firefighters' assault on Los Angeles-area brush fires. Chief water bomber pilot Jean-Pierre Guay is retiring from a 32-year career flying the unique plane that skims over lakes and the ocean to load water and then sprays it over flaming hillsides. He returns to snowy Quebec on Wednesday after a ceremony at which county supervisors will thank him for his service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2008 | Tony Perry
A brush fire in a mid-city canyon threatened homes Friday before being brought under control by more than 100 firefighters and repeated water drops by two helicopters and two fixed-wing Super Scoopers, fire officials said. The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. in a canyon near Morse High School in the Skyline area of the city. The high school and a nearby elementary school were evacuated, as were homeowners. It was the second use of Super Scoopers this week in San Diego County. The two aircraft, each of which can release 1,600 gallons of water per drop, were also credited with helping stop the 4,000-acre Juliet fire at Camp Pendleton from destroying homes in Oceanside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2008 | Tony Perry
The county Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 0 on Tuesday to spend up to $3 million to lease three firefighting planes during this year's fire season. One of the planes is an airborne command center; the other two are so-called super-scoopers that can drop massive amounts of water. The supervisors moved to initiate negotiations for the leases. Brush fires last fall burned more than 350,000 acres in San Diego County and destroyed more than 2,500 structures. County officials complained that air assets from the state and federal governments were slow to arrive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2002 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fire question in brushy Topanga Canyon parrots the earthquake question throughout Southern California: not whether the Big One will come, but when. Moreover, what can be done about it? Some residents are offering an answer to the second part of the question: They are seeking private funds to buy two $22-million firefighting "Super Scooper" airplanes, which they would then donate to the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nervous inhabitants of Topanga Canyon are trying an unusual way to protect themselves as this year's autumn brush fire season gets underway. Tonight they are throwing a potluck dinner for firefighters and for the pilots of "Super Scooper" water-dropping planes that Los Angeles County is renting for the next two months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2008 | Tony Perry
A brush fire in a mid-city canyon threatened homes Friday before being brought under control by more than 100 firefighters and repeated water drops by two helicopters and two fixed-wing Super Scoopers, fire officials said. The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. in a canyon near Morse High School in the Skyline area of the city. The high school and a nearby elementary school were evacuated, as were homeowners. It was the second use of Super Scoopers this week in San Diego County. The two aircraft, each of which can release 1,600 gallons of water per drop, were also credited with helping stop the 4,000-acre Juliet fire at Camp Pendleton from destroying homes in Oceanside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2000 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Super Scooper airplanes, capable of dumping 1,600 gallons of water on a wildfire in one drop, have been withdrawn from Southern California despite a drawn-out fire season. But even if the specially designed planes were available when the latest rash of fires started last week in Ventura County, local fire officials say they wouldn't have been used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000
Re "County Should Buy Its Own SuperScoopers," June 18. Those who advocate buying a SuperScooper demonstrate a complete lack of understanding regarding catastrophic wildfire and fire weather, lack of knowledge regarding chaparral and, most importantly, a severe misunderstanding regarding aircraft deployment under severe Santa Ana wind conditions. First and foremost, as evidenced in the 1996 Calabasas fire, high winds grounded the aircraft (the distance from end of the runway at Van Nuys [Airport]
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