Kenya Air Force Supports in Putting Out Tsavo National Park Fire

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Kenya Air Force MI-17 helicopter filling the Bambi bucket with water at Ziwani Estate dam.

The Kenya Air Force (KAF) deployed firefighting capabilities in a Multi-agency Operation that was tasked to put out fires at the Tsavo National Park. The fires broke out at Tsavo West National Park, Mgeno and Lumo conservancies on Saturday 8th August 2020. In a statement, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the fire started at Sheikdam at about 2pm.

Teams from the Kenya Defence Forces, National Youth Service, Kenya Forest Service, Taita Taveta County, conservation partners and the community worked together to put out the fire. Both ground and aerial teams were deployed to assist in the task.

KAF used helicopters to pour water on the fire with the aid of a Bambi bucket, which is a collapsible bucket utilizing a pilot-controlled valve that delivers a concentrated column of water from the helicopter to the fire.

A Bambi bucket attached to a Kenya Air Force MI-17 helicopter releases water at the Tsavo National park.

A Bambi bucket attached to a Kenya Air Force MI-17 helicopter releases water at the Tsavo National park.

Aerial view of the Bambi bucket releasing a concentrated column of water.

Aerial view of the Bambi bucket releasing a concentrated column of water.