Aviation

Meet Cal Fire’s First Female Helicopter Pilot

Helitack Pilot Desiree Horton talks about fighting wildfires from above     ABC News/aviatrix99 – Smoke plumes and an orange glow render the typically picturesque tree-lined view above hazy mountains into a nightmarish, apocalyptic scene. Shouts declaring “brush fire!,” echo ...

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A Look Back: Woolsey Fire Rescue

A look back at a wildfire rescue     The video was recorded Nov. 9 as LAFD Air Operations pilots David Nordquist and Joel Smith battled the Woolsey Fire, which was raging through the Santa Monica Mountains toward Malibu. Video: ...

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Firefighter’s Widow Sues Over Mendocino Complex Fire Death

Battalion Chief Draper was killed in a fire retardant drop     SACRAMENTO (AP) — The widow of a Utah firefighter who was killed when a supertanker dropped nearly 20,000 gallons of fire retardant near his position fighting the Mendocino ...

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Aerial Drop Safety

See what 9,000 lbs. of retardant can do     CAL FIRE TV – CAL FIRE/USFS Aerial Firefighting Drop Safety Video Do you know how much weight is being delivered over top of you during a wildland fire?

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Video: Santa Barbara C-130 Crash Landing

C-130 had just departed Santa Maria Airport     ONSCENE TV – 08.25.2019 | 10:30 PM | SANTA BARBARA – Seven people escaped injury after a Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport plane crash landed at Santa Barbara Airport, Sunday night. Authorities ...

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Seven Injured in Tanker Crash Landing at California Airport

The company uses planes to fight fires     SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Seven people escaped unhurt when a large transport plane they were on crash-landed and caught fire at Southern California’s Santa Barbara Airport, authorities said. The Lockheed ...

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Brazilian Troops Begin Fighting Amazon Wildfires

44,000 troops back by military aircraft begin fighting fires     By MARCELO SILVA de SOUSA Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that ...

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California County Approves Aerial Pilot Program for Wildfires

Firefighters will have access to overhead video within minutes       SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s Orange County has approved a 150-day pilot program for a plane that will monitor wildfires, providing incident commanders with real-time information ...

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Colorado Conducts Nighttime Wildfire Aviation Training

State is first in country to implement helicopter night flying suppression program     DENVER – Colorado becomes the first state in the county to begin nighttime helicopter suppression operations with training this month. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention ...

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