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July 10, 2013--Cal Fire Columbia Air Attack Base is located at the Columbia Airport, Columbia, California.  In the summer of 2013 Frank Podesta was the Battalion Chief.  Assigned to the base was Helitack crew 404, a OV-10 Bronco (air command) and two S-2T air tankers.   On average, the base pumps about 600,000 gallons of retardant a year.  With the base’s pumps, three loading pits and equipment.  At full peak, they can output 120,000 gallons of retardant a day.  Photo by Al Golub/Golub Photography
Al Golub, Golub Photography