Fire Bombers

Fire Bombers

Air tankers rush to put out a California wildfire.


3 - 12+


Earth Science, Experiential Learning, Conservation

Travel with Wild Chronicles to the U.S. city of Lancaster, California, to meet a special breed of firefighter who takes to the skies. These fire-bombing pilots are tasked with keeping raging wildfires in check from the air. Steep terrain and blinding smoke make this job a life-threatening challenge, but when the alarm sounds, these pilots are ready to fly into action.

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National Geographic Society
Jeannie Evers, Emdash Editing, Emdash Editing
National Geographic Society
Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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