Source: Dailyinterlake.com Photocredit: Jonathan Moor
Fires have been raging on with what seems like no real end in sight in Montana’s Glacier National Park!
Between the Thompson fire, the Granite fire, and to the currently most worrisome blaze, the Sheep Fire, 2015’s August season has not been kind to the park.
The Thompson fire alone has at this point laid claim to 16,854 acres!
As if that weren’t enough, and fighting immense blazes just wasn’t quite difficult enough on its own, thick smoke has impeded aircraft visibility, halting many planned aircraft firefighting operations!
Seeing the increasing severity of the situation, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) decided to step up to the plate, and offer their assistance to all the brave firefighters on the front lines, to help tackle these firestorms!
BNSF has been using trains that can deliver three 20-person crews to the fire line, as well as hauling in heavy equipment that the firefighters need to get the flames under control! Two specialized trains have also been deployed, each hauling three 16,000 gallon water tanks!
The fire fighting engine is equipped with a water cannon, capable of firing 300 feet up an embankment!
A BNSF firefighting unit has also arrived on scene (you can see a similar one in the clip below) and is currently on standby waiting to be used as a last ditch effort if the flames continue to spread downhill towards Essex, Montana. Carrying two water tanks, as well as a tank filled with firefighting foam this beast is ready to take down any fires it lays its sights on!
Props to you BNSF for lending a hand when folks need it!
Have you had the opportunity to see a fire fighting train before(hopefully in safe circumstances)? Tell us about it!