The magnificent Martin Mars water bomber was working the Springer Creek fire here on the lake yesterday. It can scoop and drop 60,000 pounds of water in a single drop. Its aerodynamics defy belief -- how can that thing stay aloft at such slow speeds?
It's not just air tankers they're bringing in. There are a lot of people being brought in from the outside to help out with fire and emergency services. Tonight we were driving to the Kohan Garden for a walk along the lake, and to take photos. We got stopped by a highway flag-person whose job it is to inform people of the road closure 10 km south. He was standing at the main highway intersection in New Denver. I rolled down my window to reassure him that we weren't heading that way.
"We're staying in New Denver," I said. He nodded and started to wave us through.
"Wait!" he said, second-guessing himself. "New Denver ... that's the town on this side of Silverton?"
"Um, yeah," I said. "It's here. You're standing in it."
"Okay," he replied, not even looking sheepish.
Wonder where they find these people?