USA – Special equipment, locomotives and water cars were being used by Union Pacific (UP) to help fight the Delta Fire as well as protect rail infrastructure to keep goods moving along the tracks to markets. The primary use of the water equipment is to soak rail bridges, the railroad right of way and infrastructure that could be burned, “wooden railroad ties, signal buildings, railroad related communications equipment,” said Justin Jacobs, director of media relations for UP. Jacobs said each water car holds 12 500 gallons. The hoses spray between 250 and 500 gallons per minute, depending on which nozzle is used.
Dan Ryant of Red Bluff was recently invited to join the fire fighting crews aboard the trains. He shot video of the experience. “I first caught footage of this train while it was fighting the Delta Fire in Shasta County, California,” he said in a YouTube post. “I made contact with the crew (and) two days later, I was invited aboard for a short journey and was given the opportunity to help fight the fire as part of the trip.”