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Western wildfires: See the trains being used to fight the flames
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The Union Pacific Railroad has deployed its fire car fleet in the multi-state effort to protect the West's critical infrastructure and communities from deadly wildfires.
There are currently 107 large wildfires burning that have now scorched more than 2 million acres across the region.
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Eleven new large fires were reported on Thursday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which noted that more than 23,700 wildland firefighters and support personnel were working in the effort.
According to a July Union Pacific news post, the company has 50 water tank cars that can respond to California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado fires.
The cars can hold from 7,000 to 23,000 gallons of water.
The crews have helped to douse spot fires and assist state and local first responders by hauling water into remote areas to fill trucks.
However, Northern California's wind-driven Lava Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest – which has now burned more than 26,000 acres – proved a particular challenge for Union Pacific.
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