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Ask Joe: Where do crews get the water to fight all these wildfires?

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Fires are dominating the local news right now, and one of our viewers wants to know where crews are getting all the water to fight those fires.

Here's what I found out:

I checked with Lisa Ross with the Bureau of Land Management. She says the crews are getting their water from three sources: the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake and a small pond off of Pipeline Road.

The good news is there is an ample water supply close by to help fight those fires.

A lot of the planes that you see flying will drop that red retardant on the fires, but some of the smaller planes and the county's RAVEN helicopter carry water. They make constant trips back and forth as long as conditions permit. That means daylight hours and not too much wind to fly.

Just to give you a better idea of how much water we're talking about, Washoe County's RAVEN helicopter can hold 323 gallons of water in its tank.

RAVEN uses a snorkel, which sucks up the water as it flies over the lake or river to fill-up. Some of other aircraft uses buckets to transport water from the source to the fire lines.

Ross says some aircraft can carry up to 2,000 pounds of water at a time.

Of course, crews are working on the ground as well, but that gives you a better idea of where the water's coming from and how much is used.

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