Bomber brigade

The Cherry Gardens fire sparked fresh calls for a national fleet of the amphibious CL-415 bombers, which can carry twice as much water as the smaller bombers used during the fire. Photo: Steven Byles.

The State’s CFS has poured cold water on calls for a permanent fleet of a Canadian amphibious firefighting aircraft amid claims they could dramatically improve the region’s bushfire response.
January’s Cherry Gardens bushfire sparked renewed calls for a permanent fleet of CL-415 water bombers which can refill without landing by scooping water from lakes, rivers or the sea.