Technology in Aerial Fire Fighting

Aerial fire fighting is a necessary tool to get to forest fires where few roads exist. An article in 1987 of Air and Space tells of how it was back then. I can assure you the system has been fully revamped with additional funds and can literally attack the fires in an offensive mannerism, when before it was about trying to control, then contain, then extinguish, then mop up. Constantly worrying about rekindling of hot materials in the canyons where it burns twice as hot and for a lot longer