On Friday, Oct. 14, CAL FIRE invited the media to the Hemet-Ryan Air Attack base. Many of the air attack vehicles were available for photographs and touring. At left is a Bell Helicopter with a 360-gallon capacity and its bucket (on right), which can scoop another 324 gallons. Photos by J.P. Crumrine

Right, a Grumman S-2T carries 1,200 gallons of water. This is a former Navy carrier-based anti-submarine airplane.