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N.C. Forest Fires Have New Nemesis

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DURHAM — With hot, dry weather and tons of toppled treedebris in area forests, conditions are ripe for brush fires. ButWednesday, state lawmakers got a look at a new fire fighting aid thatmight cut down on damage.

It's called a Super Scooper. It's an airplane that can scoop up 1,400gallons of water at a time, then drop its load on burning forests.

The state forestry service wants to buy one, but legislators mustallocate money first. If the purchase goes through, North Carolina will bethe first state to own one of the planes.

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