DPS helicopters helping Forest Service with wildfires - Tucson News Now

DPS helicopters helping Forest Service with wildfires

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Crews battling some of these wildfires across Arizona are getting extra help from above.

Everything from performing water drops, to emergency extractions of firefighters, or even just an extra set of eyes.  The helicopter from DPS is adding a lot to the firefight.

Recently DPS Air Rescue was sent to several fires, including the Doce fire, near Prescott and the Thomas fire near Baboquivari Peak.

The helicopters searched for hikers that might have been in the path of the advancing flames. 

A week ago two DPS Air Rescue helicopters delivered water to try and douse another wildfire in Southern Arizona. 

Air Rescue had more than 20 water deployments, than continued support into the night.

All the air work from this point forward is thanks to a new agreement between DPS and the State Forestry Division.  It may continue to stay active in the next few weeks.

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