In support of its ground forces, CAL FIRE has an air fleet of airtankers, helicopters and airtactical planes.
From 13 air attack and nine helitack bases located statewide, aircraft can reach most fires within 20
minutes. The airtactical aircraft fly overhead directing the airtankers and helicopters to critical areas of
the fire for retardant and water drops. While both airtankers and helicopters are equipped to carry fire
retardant and water, the helicopters can also transport firefighters, equipment and injured personnel.