KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Water Follies officials say that a hydro fire is always a threat but they don't use water to put these fires out.
They use a Calf machine, which shoots compressed foam. Race officials say that in a hydro fire water simply spreads the fire and doesn't take away the oxygen that the fire thrives on.
Firefighters say the condensed foam puts out a fire much, much faster. At Water Follies, there are two stationary foam stations and one in a truck that can move around to hit a fire. The Calf machines are used for fires on Lampson Pits and a a fire boat is used if there is a fire out in the water.