Greek CL-415’s Working Haifa Israel Fires
In November of 2016, a wave of fires (both wildfires and urban fires, known as the Haifa Fires) began in Israel from south of the Beersheva area to Nahariya. Some of the fires occurred naturally; others were arson attacks. On 28 November, after 8 days, the firefighting services announced that the emergency condition was over. The aircraft are operated by the Hellenic Air Force in Greece. You may learn more about them and their work on their website. HAF operates CL-215 & 415 as well as PZL in its aerial firefighting unit.
The CL-415 is the successor of the Canadair CL-215 now under the flag of Viking Air Limited. It has the capacity of taking on 5,455 liters (nearly 1450 gallons) of water in just 12 seconds. The CL-415 is based in 113 Combat Wing, 383 Squadron «Proteas», in Thessaloniki Air Force Base.