Aviation
More Help Sought for Montana Wildfires

More Help Sought for Montana Wildfires

Firefighting aircraft return to work     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s firefighting aircraft returned to duty Friday as officials sought even more personnel and aircraft ahead of a shift in the weather that could stir up a large blaze on the Wyoming...

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Alaska Smokejumpers First Jump of the 2021 Fire Season

Alaska Smokejumpers First Jump of the 2021 Fire Season

Smokejumpers head out to the Pilot Point Fire     BLM Alaska Alaska Smokejumpers loading up for the first fire jump of the 2021 Alaska fire season was caught on video on May 24, 2021. The 12 BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers flew 599 miles to the Pilot...

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Four Dead in Florida Firefighting Helicopter Crash

Four Dead in Florida Firefighting Helicopter Crash

Helicopter crashed during training in Leesburg     LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) — A firefighting helicopter with four people on board crashed Tuesday near an airport in central Florida, killing at least one person, officials said. The helicopter crashed into a marsh...

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Close Call at California Wildfire

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 Road and Gallagher Road near...

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Global SuperTanker May Be Sold as Freight Carrier

Global SuperTanker May Be Sold as Freight Carrier

Revenue from firefighting contracts made little profit     By PATTY NIEBERG Associated Press/Report for America DENVER (AP) — As Western states prepare for this year’s wildfire season, the world’s largest firefighting plane has been grounded and could be...

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Hover STEP Training

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 a "hover (STEP) exit", requires...

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California Finishes Trials of New Wildfire Aircraft

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 is able to see through smoke...

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Arizona Army National Guard Conducts Wildfire Training

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...

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