Last updated: 10:00 PM ET, Mon August 17 2015

Video Captures Moment Reporter Was Splashed With Flame Retardant by DC-10

Impacting Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | August 17, 2015

Video Captures Moment Reporter Was Splashed With Flame Retardant by DC-10

Photo via Twitter

Fires have swept across a sizable portion of the West over the weekend, mandating that firefighters take to the land and, as seen in the following video, the sky above to fight the inferno.

Digg spotted a captivating video posted to Twitter by Eric Jensen who was recording near a blaze in Chelan County, Washington.

While we understand one of the tools to fight back massive fires is aviation, it’s rare to see that practice from this extremely close vantage point.

As a spoiler, Jensen was so close to the drop that he and his camera were doused in a flame retardant substance.

While many have seen a DC-10 soaring high overhead, it’s rare to have one swoop in and drop a massive payload of fire-fighting stuff all over the neighborhood.

Jensen was kind enough to share what the aftermath of such a bath looks like:

And the photographer also noted that this was hardly the first time such an experience was caught on camera: reported that despite exhausting efforts “Chelan is still considered under ‘potential future threat’ category.”

Meanwhile Southern California is dealing with several fires peppering the area that is itself experiencing hot temperatures. 

Now Digg’s Steve Rousseau does note that the liquid is fairly innocuous: “Thankfully, most modern flame retardants contain nontoxic and water-soluble ammonium salts that actually fertilize the land they're dropped on to promote plant regrowth.”

Nontoxic is exactly how we like to have our liquids when they are unceremoniously dropped from the heavens.

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