CAL FIRE HELICOPTER ASSIGNED TO “BORDER” FIRE MAKES HARD LANDING

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East County News Service

September 1, 2017 (Dulzura) – A Cal Fire helicopter assigned to firefighting on the Border Fire south of Dulzura today made a hard landing in a field adjacent to the brush fire.

The pilot was the sole occupant on board and did not suffer any injuries, Cal Fire reports.

Aviation experts are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the hard landing.

Cal-Fire’s fleet of 12 UH-1H helicopters were acquired from the U.S. Army back in 1981 and are used for fast, rapid attack on fires as well as for hoist rescues.

More information on CAL FIRE'S aviation program can be found here: http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/Copter.pdf