Forest Service firefighting chopper headed to Truckee |

Forest Service firefighting chopper headed to Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Beginning in July, heavy firefighting helicopter, a Boeing Vertol 107, will again be stationed at the Truckee Tahoe Airport, according to a report from The Union. This helicopter and#8212; part of the U.S. Forest Serviceand#8217;s fleet out of Tahoe National Forest and#8212; can carry 1,300 gallons of water.

West of Truckee, the forest serviceand#8217;s Bell 212 helicopter will fly out of Auburn, Station 10, for a month during the early part of fire season, due to the cold and wet May, said Fire Chief Jeanne Pincha-Tulley.

In early July, this helicopter will move back to White Cloud, east of Nevada City, where itand#8217;s normally based.

A 25-person helitack crew provides support to the firefighting operations involving both helicopters, and the crew responds as an initial attack unit for wildfires. This is the 10th year that helicopters and a helitack crew have been stationed at the Tahoe National Forest.

Furthermore, the forest service will again be using a Shrike Commander as its Air Attack Plane (Air Attack 17) to direct aerial firefighting and provide information to the ground troops regarding location and condition of a fire.

Air Attack 17 will again be stationed at the FS/CalFire Air Attack Base. The air attack base located on national forest land east of Grass Valley is operated jointly by the forest service and CalFire.

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