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Helicopter fighting Scotts fire malfunctions, extracted by Chinook

A California National Guard Blackhawk helicopter that was working on the Scotts Fire east of Ukiah, California (map) had to make a precautionary landing Friday, September 7 when a warning light came on. It set down on private land and was unable to be repaired on the site. It was not accessible to a flat bed truck that could haul it away so the National Guard brought in a Chinook helicopter which extracted the Blackhawk. The video of the operation was shot by John Jensen of Lake County News.

And speaking of the Scotts Fire, in case you missed the excellent video shot by Tim Walton that we posted on September 10, here it is again. It shows four different models of air tankers dropping retardant on the fire, an S-2T, DC-10, BAe-146, and a MAFFS C-130.

The Scotts Fire is 100 percent contained after burning 4,618 acres.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Helicopter fighting Scotts fire malfunctions, extracted by Chinook”

  1. Yep

    When an aircraft settles in with a problem or a major malfunction….

    Call in a DART crewor mission

    It’s what we in the Army (Guard and Reserve included) do BEST.

    Extraction….personnel or otherwise.


    Back in the day …the mission was called….Damaged Aircraft Recovery Team

    Might have changed since 2004 wheb I retired….

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