Aviation

LAFD Helicopter Damaged During Wildfire

Helicopter struck a tree during a water drop     LOS ANGELES (AP) — A preliminary report says the pilot of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s newest helicopter reported the aircraft made uncommanded movements before hitting trees while making a ...

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Oregon Wants 747 Supertanker

State, federal contract issues raised as states seek tanker   (KOIN 6/YouTube) KOIN 6 – Not only are there state and federal contracts involved, but the tanker is already being used to fight wildfires in California.

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Riverside County, CA Vegetation Fire

Aircraft help ground crews on tough terrain   LOUDLABS NEWS – LAKE HILLS – On Wednesday evening August 23rd Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire responded to multiple reports of brush on fire dangerously close to homes. The fire was ...

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Wildfires Cause Evacuations in California, Oregon

Hundreds affected as fires grow near small towns     SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that’s a prime location for viewing the ...

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Military Aircraft Sent to Fight Western Wildfires

Aircraft will be based in Washington and Oregon   BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two military aircraft will help detect and map wildfires in the U.S. West. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday says the Air National ...

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Air Guard Tankers Activated for Western Wildfires

C-130’s from three states move to California   CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Air National Guard C-130s from Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado that are equipped to battle wildfires have been activated to fight wildfires in the western U.S. The three large ...

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Inadequate Aircraft Cited at French Wildfire

Numerous aircraft grounded due to repairs and age     By CLAUDE PARIS, NADINE ACHOUI-LESAGE and BARRY HATTON, Associated Press BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, France (AP) — Backed by planes dropping water and fire retardant, more than 1,000 firefighters battled wildfires Wednesday that ...

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Supertanker Gains Approval to Fight U.S. Wildfires

747 can fight fires but is limited to where the fires are   (Global Supertanker Services/Facebook photo)   By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have given a giant airtanker approval to fight wildfires in the ...

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