Firefighting train used in Ariz. wildfire

The forestry spokesman said it is the first time he's seen a train used to battle wildland fires

The Associated Press

KEARNY, Ariz. — A train blasting water was among the resources that helped firefighters make progress Friday in controlling a brush fire near a rural Arizona community.

Arizona State Forestry spokesman Mike Reichling said this was the first time he had seen a train used at the scene of a wildfire. Two Copper Basin Railway cars equipped with water cannons have been blasting hot spots along the Gila River bed near Kearny, about 85 miles southeast of Phoenix. While helicopters and dozers have been tackling the fire, the train has played a key role.

"We work very closely with the firefighters," Railway President Jake Jacobson said. "We can help to provide them water in remote places."

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