Video: Fire 4 Rescue at Woolsey Fire

“This is rapidly becoming very ugly,”

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Fire Department has released video of one of its helicopter crews rescuing people from a mountain peak as a huge wildfire bore down last week.

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.

The crew was making a water drop when it was requested to divert to Castro Peak to rescue two people. They headed that way despite dwindling fuel.

With smoke darkening the sky, they hunted for a landing spot among antenna towers, service buildings, vehicles and vegetation.

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They finally found a spot among brush. Smith jumped out and returned with three people and two dogs.

Nordquist then lifted off in search of fuel.

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“This is rapidly becoming very ugly,”     LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Fire Department has released video of one of its helicopter crews rescuing people from a mountain peak as a huge wildfire bore down last week. The video was recorded Nov. 9 as LAFD Air Operations pilots David Nordquist and Joel […]

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