On loan from the U.S. Forest Service, one of two Air Tractor 802 Single Engine Air Tankers is stationed at the Chester Air Attack Base in Chester on Aug. 29, situated within the boundaries of Rogers Field Airport. Photos by Stacy Fisher

Air tankers assist in fire fighting

The two air tankers stationed at the Chester Air Attack Base taxi to the start of the runway, ready to take off to assist in the suppression of a distant conflagration. They will be joining other aircraft this fire season throughout the northern California region.
Finally aloft, the first of two air tankers, with a capacity of 750 gallons of retardant or water, takes fight on its way to drop its load on a wildland fire, according to the Forest Service.