Aviation

Close Call at California Wildfire

Burnover avoided in El Dorado County     Max McGregor Salmon Fire, El Dorado County At approximately 12:15 PM on Saturday, May 1, CalFire Amador-El Dorado Units responded to reports of a wildland fire in the area of Salmon Falls ...

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Global Super Tanker 747 Shut Down as Wildfire Season Begins

Company in discussions with prospective buyers     By PATTY NIEBERG Associated Press/Report for America DENVER (AP) — The world’s largest firefighting plane has been shut down just as Western states prepare for a wildfire season that fire officials fear ...

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Hover STEP Training

A brief look at helitack training in Colorado     Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Get a first-person view of what it feels like to exit a helicopter while it’s still in the air. This process, known as ...

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Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center 2020 Incident Review Summary

Information collected from over 100 operational incidents     Wildfire Lessons Learned Center The information in this report comes from wildland fire incidents—from various entities—submitted to and gathered by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LLC) in 2020. The primary ...

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California Finishes Trials of New Wildfire Aircraft

Intel 24 was recently used over a wildfire in Malibu     Wildland Firefighter Staff ORANGE COUNTY, California – California has just finished trials on a new aircraft that may be used to help fight the state’s wildfires. Intel 24 ...

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Arizona Army National Guard Conducts Wildfire Training

Multi-agency training with helicopters     Defense Flash News Arizona Army National Guard Soldiers with the 2-285th Assault Helicopter Battalion and the 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion Medical Evacuation detachments conduct a two-day training exercise to support wildfire efforts on ...

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Firefighters Battle Two Forest Fires in Japan

Military helicopters help firefighters on the ground     TOKYO (AP) — A forest fire broke out in a rural area north of Tokyo on Thursday, near another blaze burning for a fourth day. One man suffered burns and was ...

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Colorado Wildfire Bill Includes Funding for FIREHAWK® Helicopter

Leased helicopter will be used by Colorado Firefighting Air Corps     Wildland Firefighter Staff DENVER, Colorado – Summit Daily reports that a bipartisan bill focused on wildfire relief, mitigation and prevention includes funding to lease a Sikorsky FIREHAWK®  helicopter. ...

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Family of Pilot Killed in California Wildfire Files Lawsuit

Fournier radioed to say his hydraulics appeared to be failing     By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a veteran helicopter pilot who died when his aircraft crashed as he was dropping water over ...

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