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Water Bombers

2018 July 11

On Saturday July 7, a small forest fire was observed near the mouth of Presqu'isle. (Presqu'isle is a long bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a little upstream of Point Alexander. The axis of the bay is parallel to the river and is separated from the river by a gravel peninsula.) The fire was presumably started by lightning from a thunder storm the previous Thursday. From Saturday through Wednesday (July 11) the fire was attacked by water bombers for a couple of hours each day. On Wednesday, we got the opportunity to go down to Burkes Beach (the point of Point Alexander) to take some photographs. While the Quebec forest-fire webpage still (July 14) lists the fire as only "under control", it certainly appears to be out. Indeed, it was largely out on Wednesday, even though, officially, it was only "being held".

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Diana: 2018-07-11 - explore

A quiet day at Burkes Beach with two water bombers taking on water in the distance. The previous day, with diffrent wind conditions, they were taking on water just off the beach rather than 6km upstream. The fire site is just a little out of the frame to the right.

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Bob: 2018-07-11 - explore

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Bob: 2018-07-11 - explore

The cast of Characters: 239

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Bob: 2018-07-11 - explore

and 238.

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Diana: 2018-07-11 - explore

The drop zone was about 3km from Burkes Beach.

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Bob: 2018-07-11 - explore

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Bob: 2018-07-11 - explore

These guys are cowboys and work in a very tight formation. I assume this is because that way they know exactly where the other plane is.

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Bob: 2018-07-11 - explore

Clearly they must be mixing some flame retardant chemicals into the water.

Water bombers working fire at Presquisle

(photo by Bob: 2018-07-11 - explore

They were also bombing just beyond the ridge line.

forest fire

Point Alexander