Loc: Mandello del Lario, Lake Como,...
We have had a long period without rain and in the last 2 weeks there have been some pretty serious fires faned by winds up to 100kph. There has been the loss of a lot of forest, several homes, but fortunately few injuries.
It seems there are either a few people around who are careless with fires or cigarette buts, or some people who seem to think it is fun to set off a wild fire.
2 Canadair fire-fighter planes were picking up water in front of our house all day. They were water bombing a wild fire that was spreading in high winds in Valbrona which is in the centre of the peninsula which divides Lake Como. It was quite spectacular to watch them come down between the mountains bordering the lake, turn tightly in the narrow space and pick up a load every few minutes. I'm just guessing but I would estimate they flew almost 100 runs between them during the day, probably with a refuel and change of crew after several hours.
These guys are real modern day heroes.
Sorry about the mobile phone quality of the film. I had to zoom in a bit to get it.
Loc: North of Stamford, UK
Wow! We stay in Tremezzo every year (Menaggio 2005-2008 then Tremezzo thereafter) and recall there was a fire in the hills opposite Lenno about 4 or 5 years ago- it took a good 3 years for the “greenness” to start to cover the mountainside again properly. Apparently a local person got prosecuted for stupidity (bonfire/barbecue or summat we heard). It’s the favourite place in the world for Lady H and myself. The middle name of our new Moggie is Milano in honour of our favourite ferry that goes up and down the lake. Would love (if honest) to have seen those big planes scooping over the water instead of the usual tiny seaplanes we see all the time (albeit without the fire). Wish we could live there!!!! Hope all is ok though and people/animals safe. Take care HB
Loc: Aerdenhout, The Netherlands
Very intersting to see the action, I saw these planes parked at Marseille airport. In USA I watched helicopters picking up water to fight forrest fires on the west coast in a jacobs ladder style. Thanks to these skilled pilots! Cheers, Bert
Loc: Mandello del Lario, Lake Como,...
I should explain that we have had a very long period without rain, this has been accompanied by a very unusual series of strong, warm, and dry northerly winds. The forest floor is covered in dry leaves and the underbrush is tinder dry. Put all this together and a fire fanned by winds of up to 100 kph is a disaster. Fortunately we don't have a lot of pine or eucalypt forests in this area and with the leaves off the trees it has mainly been ground fires, devastating none the less but nothing like the fires in Portugal or California.
We had a very calm day today and I hope this has allowed the fire-fighters to get the fires completely extinguished. Unfortunately there is another strong wind warning for tomorrow but it may also bring some rain or even snow. We could certainly use it. Nobody remembers ever seeing anything like this before.
In the news they are saying 2018 was the warmest year in 200 years. On the weekend we went to a area where a few years ago they would have been skiing today there is only a few remnant patches of old icy snow. Many areas that were once ski slopes are now no longer viable. I'm not so convinced about the reasons for climate change but it is certainly changing.
Loc: Toronto, ON, Canada
The CL-415 takes on over 6,000 litres of water in a little over 10 seconds: depending on fuel load, that's around a 30% weight increase overall while flying along skimming the water surface at 80 knots. One hell of a skill for a pilot to master, I'd have thought! They were built in North Bay, Ontario - a town not otherwise known for its aeronautical exploits - until production ended in 2015.
Doug 1985 4/4 4str, Jubilee Blue