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Would it be possible to fly over California and douse the wildfires with water to bring them under control? Has this not been considered?

Posted - September 12, 2020

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  • 35930
    They are already doing that...and have been for weeks. It isn't working.
      September 12, 2020 7:24 PM MDT
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  • 8979
    That doesn't make sense to me. When has water not quenched fire?
      September 12, 2020 8:27 PM MDT
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  • 35930
    10,000 gallons of water is nothing to a blaze such as this. A million gallons of water wouldn't even work.
      September 12, 2020 8:32 PM MDT
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  • 6906
      September 12, 2020 7:38 PM MDT
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  • 8979
    Wow.
      September 12, 2020 8:28 PM MDT
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  • 16931
    They use water and fire retardant, but one of the main issues is visibility.  Planes and helicopters can't see where they're going with so much smoke and flame.  Another issue is that the heat is so intense that water could easily dry up before it reaches the ground.  Trees are also in the way as are homes that haven't yet burned down.  
      September 12, 2020 9:30 PM MDT
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  • 5923
    What do you think they are doing?
    Exactly that...
      September 13, 2020 8:35 AM MDT
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  • 8979
    I didn't know, and that's why I asked the question.
      September 13, 2020 8:38 AM MDT
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