A combination of state, federal and global crews are struggling to establish 50 miles of fire line, Tisinger said - but with 93 percent of the River Fire under control, there is a tremendous sense of relief among those battling the flames.
The MAFFS system can literally be rolled onto a number of different aircraft, including the legendary C-130 Hercules, allowing for integral air support in the firefighting effort without the need (and expense) of an entire fleet of dedicated firefighting aircraft. The fire that started on July 13, one month ago Monday is now 83 percent contained.
The Ranch Fire has grown significantly since yesterday evening, increasing in size by 8,491 acres to 295,970 as of this morning's CalFire update - and due to the increase in the fire's size, containment dropped to 59%.
If all goes well, firefighters still don't expect to the have the massive blaze completely contained until sometime in September.
Featured image: C-130 equipped with a MAFFS system sprays retardant over the Black Crater Fire in Oregon.
More than 30,000 personnel, including firefighters from across the United States and almost 140 from Australia and New Zealand, were battling the blazes that have consumed more than 1.6m acres (648,000 hectares), according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.
"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said. "Sorry if we weren't supposed to", members of Cal Fire Engine 1489 wrote in a note that the family found upon their return.
"Fed your fish a few sprinkles".
While it's not the largest burning in the state, the Holy Fire has raised concerns about its effect on residential communities.
Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, has been charged with arson, accused of starting the fire in Orange County's Holy Jim Canyon on August 6.
The man accused of deliberately starting the fire appeared in court on Friday, but his arraignment was postponed.