Aerial Support

The use of aircraft, such as helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes, to assist in the detection, monitoring, and suppression of wildfires. Aerial support plays a crucial role in firefighting efforts by providing rapid assessment of fire behavior and progression, transporting firefighting crews and equipment to remote locations, and delivering fire suppressants like water and fire-retardant chemicals to targeted areas. Different types of aircraft may be utilized depending on the specific needs and conditions of a wildfire incident, including air tankers, helicopters, and unmanned aerial systems (drones). In legal disputes related to wildfires, such as the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire, issues may arise concerning the availability, effectiveness, and coordination of aerial support, as well as the responsibility of various parties in managing and responding to the wildfire event using these resources.