Reblogged from Among The Joshua Trees:
Navy Helicopters Team with CALFIRE to Fight Wildfires
From Commander Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs
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For the last several days, we here in Colorado have had our sky thoroughly hazed by the smoke from the Washington and Idaho wild fires, and who knows, maybe the California fires, too. When you can’t see the mts. from Ft. Collins, it’s damd hazy.
It’s made for some interesting sunrises and sunsets the last two days. Cold front came through today & cleared much of it out (and into Nebraska, I presume.)
All of which is a-propos of nothing.
A few years ago our crf club had a tour of the CalFire main aviation center at McClellan Air park (formerly McClellan AFB).
it is a smal;l facility but was it ever impressive. During the fire season – 6 months out of the year, they deploy their aircraft at pre-arranged airports, like Hemet and Grass Valley. Virtually all of their planes are old recycled military planes but they take them completely apart and re engineer them.
Ljke the Bell UH-1 ‘Huey” – they actually hot rodded it – CA style – putting in the engine of a Cobra – putting the tail rotor on the opposite side of the tail and bigger rotors – Bell Helicopter liked it so much they offered it as an option.
They have a lot of S3s and Mohawks – probably all from the Vietnam era.
Another location is General William Fox Field in Lancaster.
We got to watch the big DC-10 tanker out of Victorville drop on a fire right next to Tehachapi last year.
wildfiretoday.com -good info there, I have an interest in this ….
Hoping to hear about going back to the fray here shortly
Thanks for the link
The smoke map at wildfire dot com pretty was cool. Thx for sharing that link.
Orpo1 – just saw that DC10 taking off today – must be the Ponderosa fire around Fresno. Whenever I am in the Sierra Foothills I see all these beautiful homes among the pines – and I am thinking firetrap – so far 50 homes destroyed…
I was wrong – it is east of Redding (way north of Fresno!)
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