I’ve been a bit busy with the San Diego State University fracas this morning, but I can report that the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at today’s meeting to approve Supervisor Ron Roberts’ plan to lease three fire planes during the county’s hottest, driest months.

Roberts docketed the proposal two weeks ago, choosing to announce the plan at a press conference, rather than bringing it to a committee he chairs, the Regional Fire Protection Committee, for discussion.

From here, the county will begin negotiating with the government of Quebec, which owns the planes. The two Bombardier C-145’s, known as “Super Scoopers” will be stationed in the county during the months of September, October and November. A third plane, which will act as an aerial supervisory platform for the county’s aerial firefighting assets, will be leased for 150 days.


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