Using water from an adjacent tank, the helicopter crew of the first Bell 212 battled the fire with the aid of its underslung ‘Bambi bucket’ flying 6 consecutive shuttles and limited the spread of the raging flames.
On a request made by the Disaster Management Center, SLAF pilots Squadron Leader Chamila Hiripitiya and Flight Lieutenant Dumidu Marasinghe deployed to the area. The fire had spread very quickly at the base of the mountain range which made the operation of fighting the fire a tricky business as it was difficult to maneuver the helicopter along the mountain slope. However this fire had to be curtailed, as, had it reached the nearby ‘Nagolla’ town the consequences would have been disastrous. The pilots had to fly 7 km from the scene of the fire to obtain water from a tank which was itself an arduous task as the water levels in the tank were also depleting.
DARE COUNTY, N.C. -- After a month, a fire in eastern North Carolina is still burning strong.
More than 45,000 acres have already been burned up in this mostly rural area of Dare County.
Firefighters in a number of counties are tonight tackling gorse fires in an effort to prevent flames from spreading further.
High winds and dry conditions have been making the task more difficult.
Hundreds of firefighters are continuing to battle wild fires which have broken out across the north of Scotland.
Earlier, a fire closed the A82 between Bridge of Orchy and Tyndrum in Argyll for about two hours leading to tailbacks in both directions.
Elsewhere, a boat was used to get firefighters to a remote location affected by another wild fire.
Columbia Helicopters has dispatched a second heavy-lift helicopter to assist in battling the extensive wild fires burning throughout Texas. The Columbia 107-II helicopter departed from the company’s headquarters Thursday morning, and should arrive in Abilene, Texas on Friday.
The second aircraft joins another Columbia 107-II helicopter that has been fighting fire in Texas since February. Both of the company’s helicopters join a growing fleet of aircraft currently dedicated to the Texas fires.
“We know that Texas is now experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in recent history,” said company President Michael Fahey. “Our crews will do everything they can to support efforts to extinguish these fires.”
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