Experts agree on the risk of imminent forest fires developing between the Atacama and Magallanes regions, mainly due to the decrease in rainfall, the accumulated drought that has dragged on for more than a decade, and the high availability of vegetable fuel that is proliferating has encountered high water stress. A situation that is exacerbated by the forecast of high temperatures that are above normal for this time of year.
The forest fires that have recently started in California, the Amazon, Australia and Siberia and were virtually uncontrolled are now keeping the continent’s southern hemisphere on alert, and particularly the southern cone of America for the arrival of the spring-summer season. In this scenario, the Chilean Ecocopter keeps its fleet of helicopters and crews on alert to fight forest fires in the country. Two of his planes are fighting the fire in the community of Pinto, where the flames have already devastated more than 200 hectares specifically in the Uble National Reserve.
To this end, the company has skilled crews, equipment and logistics for this type of procedure, as well as helicopters appropriate to the geography and conditions of each area. The AS 350 B3 model has optimal properties for attacking the flames from the air and transmitting groups of brigade members. This type of aircraft can fly low, has power, stability, speed and a capacity of up to 1,000 liters of water per discharge. Complete logistics to provide the service quickly, promptly and efficiently, key characteristics in fire fighting.
The diagnosis is for a possible increase and there are already outbreaks in some communities and everything indicates that we will get much more complicated before we even operate. We have a full support plan that increases the availability of the fleet, equipment and crew preparation. We are also working urgently and have all the security measures and protocols the agency needs in view of the pandemic. Francisco Arriagada, Commercial Manager at Ecocopter, is making an important contribution to the joint work to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading.
According to the National Forestry Corporation, CONAF, 36,765 acres were affected nationwide last year, representing a 186% increase in damage. This season could get more complex. Although it is known that 99.9% of accidents are caused by humans, the causality of forest fires corresponded to an accident rate of 80%, an intentionality of 10% and an unknown origin of 10%. For this reason, it is important to be prepared to avoid disasters of scale that can affect not only human health, but also the economy and the environment.
Copyright © Grupo Edefa SA Reproduction, in whole or in part, of this article is prohibited without the prior authorization of the publisher.