2:12 PM PT – Sat. Nov. 17, 2018
Firefighters are now relying on helicopters to battle California’s wildfires, which have killed at-least 74 people, and left thousands unaccounted-for.
Cal Fire Chief Chris Anthony said it’s becoming harder for fire crews to access steep and rocky terrain, during an interview Thursday.
He added the helicopters are becoming increasingly relied-upon to reach those areas and contain the wildfires.
A number of companies have sent aircraft to help with the efforts, including Columbia Helicopters, PJ Helicopters, and Erickson.
Anthony says the copters can “actually change those coverage levels,” speaking about the amount of water dropped. He added they are also able to determine “how much water drops, and [the] amount of time” needed, based on the fire’s severity.
This comes as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history, the Camp Fire, reaches 50 percent containment after scorching 146,000+ acres of land.