Firefighters go airborne to prep for wildfire season

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 6:01 PM

COLVILLE, Wash. - Firefighting crews went airborne Wednesday to train for what is expected to be a bad summer for wildfires.

Crews practiced in a specialized helicopter called a Helitack, which refers to “helicopter-delivered fire resources.”  Helitacks can take up to six firefighters to the fire line faster, making it easier to control wildfires before they get bigger.  The helicopters can also carry water from nearby lakes to dump onto a blaze.

The Helitacks are based in Ellensburg and are used for training across Washington State.
 

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