WHITE CITY, OR - 9 helicopters have been used to fight the Ramsey canyon fire north of Medfod. The helicopters put water where it’s needed and also help keep air crafts separated in the air to keep a safe environment
There are three different kinds of helicopters. Type 1, type 2 and type 3. 3 being the smallest and one being the biggest. The nice part about the helicopters are they can fly through the smoke.
Neal Laugle the Air Operations Branch Director says extra time to fight when we have smoky conditions we can still continue to do of course until it’s so bad that it limits the helicopters too but in those conditions the helicopters can give us a lot more versatility.
Each type of helicopter can carry a different amount of water to bring to the fire. The type 2 can carry around 300 gallons of water while the type 1s can carry anywhere from 700 to thousands of gallons.
Laugle says a lot of the type 2 helicopters have buckets where they just lower like it sounds they just lower it into the water pick it up, take it out to the fire. dump valve that lets the water out.
These helicopters get the water they need from bodies of water near the fire. For this fire they are using ponds and the Ramsey lake. Getting to the nearest body of water near the fire will cut down time of trips to the water and back to the fire.
Some videos courtesy of Ramsey Canyon Fire PIOs.