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California Fires Target of Big Tanker

California Fires Target of Big Tanker

At least five large wildfires are burning in California – and the worst part of the fire season is actually just beginning. Red flag warnings are posted throughout the state.

California has a top weapon for battling its biggest fires. Firefighters battling California’s largest wildfires call it their big gun.

“When you’re up here trying to save lives and property, it’s pretty intense!” says R.K Smithley, the pilot of a DC-10 passenger aircraft that’s been transformed into a powerful weapon against flames. “Somebody that was very smart, way smarter than me, decided ‘Let’s put three tanks on a DC-10!’”

For video and the complete story by Chris Martinez of CBS News, click here.

Updated: September 25, 2016 — 10:42 PM

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