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Firefighters Drop ‘Record Amounts’ of Retardant on Vast California Wildfire

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Firefighters are dropping record-breaking amounts of retardants on a massive Northern California wildfire that is burning explosively because of the prolonged drought. California firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service together had bombarded the conflagration with more than a half-million gallons of retardant, fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said Friday. That included more than 203,000 gallons in a single day. See also: California Wildfire Drives 2,800 People From Their Homes, But Grows More Slowly Retardant — a water-and-fertilizer mix colored with red dye — are used as an initial attack tool on wildfires to buy time for crews to get to the scene and dig fire lines. Read more…More about California, Wildfires, Us World, Us, and Climate

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Firefighters Drop ‘Record Amounts’ of Retardant on Vast California Wildfire

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