The “Hawaii” Martin MARS water bomber took to the skies today for a run up and down the southern west coast of B.C.
For now, it may be all we see of it as it doesn’t have a contract to fight forest fires in the province this year.
Last year the Martin Mars bomber was awarded a one-month contract to help battle wildfires around B.C. for the first time since 2013, when it went into retirement.
This despite the Forests Minister saying it wasn’t the most effective tool for fighting wildfires.
The 2015 contract cost B.C. $6,000 per hour to fight wildfires, plus fuel costs, and $15,000 per day on stand-by.