In the wake of the recent fire in Griffith Park, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, whose district includes Glendale, Burbank, Montrose and La Crescenta, is pushing for a pair of measures that he says will enhance public safety.
With the fire season off to an early start, Antonovich is pushing for the early acquisition of leased fire-fighting aircraft.
In addition to county-owned water-dropping helicopters, the Los Angeles County Fire Department routinely leases fixed-wing CL-145 SuperScoopers from the government of Quebec, Canada, in August, Antonovich said.
The board of supervisors will consider a motion made by Antonovich to acquire the airplanes earlier than usual this year.
The specialized aircraft carry 1,600 gallons of water mixed with a flame-retardant foam, he said.
"Had Los Angeles city had access to those SuperScoopers, the fire in Griffith Park would have been put out a lot quicker," Antonovich said.