Martin Mars keeps busy fighting fires

From Harrison Lake to Great Central Lake, the water bomber has been kept busy.

The Martin Mars water bomber taxis on Sproat Lake alongside competitors in the outrigger canoe change race

The Martin Mars water bomber taxis on Sproat Lake alongside competitors in the outrigger canoe change race

The Martin Mars water bomber had a record-setting weekend over the BC Day long weekend.

The Hawaii Mars was dispatched to Wood Lake to twice help fight the Harrison Lake fire on Sunday (Aug. 2) and Monday.

On Sunday, according to Coulson Flying Tankers’ Facebook page, the water bomber dropped a record-setting 17 loads or 433,700 litres of fire retarding foam and gel in about four hours.

“No snags to report on the aircraft—she’s running like a Swiss watch,” a spokesperson quipped on social media.

On Monday the Mars spent another 1.8 hours attacking the Harrison Lake fire, dropping 126,8700 litres of foam on the fire.

On Tuesday the Mars was on standby for Harrison Lake, then called to help extinguish fires that ignited due to lightning in the Great Central Lake area, dropping 96,000 litres in just under two hours, according to Coulson Flying Tankers.

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