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Firefighters battle flames of fast-moving Dixie Fire from roof of moving train

2 days 11 hours 56 minutes ago Wednesday, July 21 2021 Jul 21, 2021 July 21, 2021 9:47 AM July 21, 2021 in News
Source: ABC News
Firefighters assigned to the Union Pacific Fire Train in California douse tracks from the roof of a moving train as they protect the rails and the surrounding area from the fast-moving Dixie Fire in July of 2021. Photo: ABC News

BUTTE COUNTY, California - This week wildfires continued to tear through communities in the U.S.'s western regions, resulting in evacuations and hazardous air quality.

The Dixie Fire became the largest blaze in California Tuesday, burning more than 23 square miles of land.

ABC News reported that at one point during the blaze, firefighters assigned to the Union Pacific Fire Train in California were seen on the roof of a moving train, dousing railroad tracks to protect them and the surrounding area from the Dixie Fire.

Union Pacific has a fleet of about 50 water tank cars, which are known as its Fire Car Fleet.

The cars can contain up to 23,000 gallons of water hoses that can spray up to 75 feet.

Union Pacific operates fire trains on railroad lines in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

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