Grass Valley air tankers fight Wall Fire |

Grass Valley air tankers fight Wall Fire

A pair of S-2 Air Tankers prepare to leave the Grass Valley Air Attack Base earlier this week when responding to the vegetation fire off of China Ct. in Penn Valley.
Courtesy Juan Browne |

Four Cal Fire S-2 Air Tankers could be seen flying over Grass Valley today as the aircraft spent much of the afternoon landing and taking off from the Nevada County Air Park while fighting the Wall Fire near Bangor in Butte County.

An OV-10 spotter plane also out of the Grass Valley Air Attack base joined the two Grass Valley tankers and two tankers out of Redding.

The planes first left the Air Park around 2 p.m. when the fire was still small. By 7:45 p.m. the fire had ballooned to around 1,000 acres with no containment.

Air park workers say tomorrow’s Air Fest will not impede on any Cal Fire operations if their services are still needed at the Wall Fire.

— Elias Funez

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