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Record Fleet of Super Scooper Aircraft Assembled at Santa Fe (NM)

May 10, 2022 11:57 am Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/05/10/record-fleet-of-super-scooper-aircraft-assembled-at-santa-fe-nm/ A quick look at the airport in Santa Fe and the casual observer might think there was a convention of super scooper aircraft in town. That’s because the location of multiple wildland fires in the Southwest makes the airport the perfect base of operations for both Bridger Aerospace and Aeroflite aircraft to…

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Pilot Killed Attempting Nighttime Air Drop Fighting Estes Park (CO) Fire

November 17, 2021 6:19 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/11/17/pilot-killed-attempting-nighttime-air-drop-fighting-estes-park-co-fire/ A pilot attempting a first-ever nighttime air drop in Colorado to fight the Kruger Rock wildfire in Estes Park has died. News 9 spoke with the pilot before take off. He was excited to attempt the nighttime drop, after five years of planning, in the hope it would make it possible to…

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Wing Reportedly Fell Off Plane Before AZ Crash That Killed Firefighters

July 28, 2021 8:52 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/07/28/wing-reportedly-fell-off-plane-before-az-crash-that-killed-firefighters/ On July 14, 2021, flags at Bureau of Land Management facilities in the State of Arizona were lowered to half-staff in honor of Matthew Miller and Jeff Piechura, who were killed while conducting visual reconnaissance and aviation command and control over the Cedar Basin Fire. Photo by Bureau of Land Management –…

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Fuel Shortage Could Ground Firefighting Aircraft

July 13, 2021 6:53 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/07/13/fuel-shortage-could-ground-firefighting-aircraft/ This photo provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry shows a firefighting tanker making a retardant drop over the Grandview Fire near Sisters, Ore., Sunday, July 11, 2021. The wildfire doubled in size to 6.2 square miles (16 square kilometers) Monday, forcing evacuations in the area, while the state’s biggest fire continued…

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Two Killed in Plane Crash Responding to AZ Wildfire

July 12, 2021 7:16 am Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/07/12/two-killed-in-plane-crash-responding-to-az-wildfire/ WIKIEUP, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities on Sunday were at the scene of the crash of a small plane that killed two crew members responding to a wildfire in northwestern Arizona. Both people aboard the Beechcraft King Air C-90 aircraft died in Saturday’s crash. The state Bureau of Land Management on Sunday…

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More Help Sought for Montana Wildfires

June 21, 2021 12:13 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/06/21/more-help-sought-for-montana-wildfires/ Firefighting aircraft return to work   In this photo provided by the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the Robertson Draw fire burns near Red Lodge, Mont., on Monday, June 14, 2021. Authorities warned of extreme wildfire danger in Montana and Wyoming Tuesday as a sweltering heat wave was forecast to intensify across large…

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Southern California Receives Two Large Firefighting Helicopters

June 15, 2021 2:33 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/06/15/southern-california-receives-two-large-firefighting-helicopters/ Boeing Chinook helitankers already at work over Ventura County   Southern California fire agencies are getting two large-scale helicopters that can each carry up to 3,000 gallons of water or retardant to battle wildfires. The helicopters will operate in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties. (Associated Press)   By AMY TAXIN Associated…

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Alaska Smokejumpers First Jump of the 2021 Fire Season

June 3, 2021 2:37 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/06/03/alaska-smokejumpers-first-jump-of-the-2021-fire-season/ Smokejumpers head out to the Pilot Point Fire   (BLM Alaska, YouTube)   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 Point…

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Four Dead in Florida Firefighting Helicopter Crash

May 26, 2021 11:12 am Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/05/26/four-dead-in-florida-firefighting-helicopter-crash/ Helicopter crashed during training in Leesburg   (Leesburg Fire Rescue photo, Facebook)   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 near Leesburg International Airport during a…

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