The Martin Mars water bomber has been deployed to help fight a forest fire east of Nelson.
This is the first time the bomber has officially been active since it was retired in 2013.
Provincial Fire Information Officer Ryan Turcot says the bomber will assist 19 firefighters battling the blaze.
“The fire is burning on difficult steep terrain, and objectives of the Martin Mars will be to hold off the west flank of the fire. Previous air tanker drops have not been fully successful due to this steep terrain.”
Turcot says the Nelson fire is burning at an area of around seven hectares.
“The Martin Mars will increase the relative humidity on the ground, giving the personnel some time on the ground to establish a guard.”
Before retirement, the bomber had spent more than fifty years fighting forest fires here at home…as well as internationally.
It’s too early to tell if the bomber will be used to fight any of the other 148 fires burning across the province.