14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Fire Fighting Helicopter Filling Water Bucket
The helicopter pilot strategically lowers the bucket into the river that is surrounded on 2 sides with dense forest. It will be carried to the Pioneer Fire in the Boise National Forest. that started July 18, 2016 eight miles North of Idaho City and spread North, Northeast and Northwest creating a horseshoe of fire around Lowman, Idaho (population 200). Numerous helicopters fly trips from the river to the fire
dumping their fire suffocating load on specific coordinates of the fire. The unique whooshing sound of helicopter blades fill the skies until dark as they deliver continuous loads to the fire. By September 3, the fire will have burned 180,000 acres (281 square
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||Sept. 8, 2016, 8:11 p.m.