Firefighters Go To War
On-Call Pros Battle Their Way In To Confront Local Blaze
A smoldering fire consumes forest on the east side of Massanutten Mountain on Thursday. (Photos by Michael Reilly)
Mark Clay (left) of the Forest Service and John Amador of Mid West Helicopters watch Thursday as a firefighting chopper lifts off at Warren County Airport with a bucket to retrieve water from the South Fork of the Shenandoah River to fight the Massanutten Mountain fire.
A Sikorsky S-58T helicopter heads out from Warren County Airport to pick up water from the South Fork of the Shenandoah River to battle the Massanutten Mountain Fire.
Toby Price with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service handles communications with firefighting helicopters from the Warren County Airport on Thursday.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helicopter manager Cory Waters examines “fireballs” that are injected with ethylene glycol and dropped to start backfires.
Before “fireballs” are dropped from the chopper, they’re injected by the machine in the background with ethylene glycol, which ignites to start backfires.
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