The Largest Water Bombers
The fact is that Earth is getting hotter by the day. The 2000s was the warmest decade in a thousand years. Global temperature keeps increasing, creating conditions that intensify wildfire danger, by warming and drying out vegetation and by stirring the winds that spread fires. Fast fires are hard to contain and likely to expand into residential areas. Already about 1 billion people live in areas prone to natural disasters. The United States suffer from one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world, with more than 2 million fires reported each year. More than 4,000 Americans, including 100 firefighters, lose their lives and another 26,500 are injured annually as the result of fire. Fire Departments around the world call on Water Bombers to fight large fires. They actually are more cost-efficient than most other fire fighting methods because they are carrying huge amounts of water and retardants.