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In the winter Chopper Chick flies helicopters for TV stations and police departments in southern California. She also does “lift jobs”, using a long line to lift objects like air conditioning units to the tops of buildings. But in the summer she flies helicopters on fires. Her blog has some behind the scenes information about what it’s like to fly a Sikorsky 58T over smoke-shrouded, pot-garden-infested, Mendocino County in northern California.

Check out the size of that exhaust pipe just above her head in the picture. And click on the photo to see a larger version.

Firefighter Blog always has good information about the world of wildland fire. Recently he has been covering the Gap fire west of Santa Barbara.

Photo courtesy of Chopper Chick

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