DPS helicopters helping Forest Service with wildfires - Tucson News Now

DPS helicopters helping Forest Service with wildfires

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

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

Everything from performingwater drops, to emergency extractions of firefighters, or even just an extraset of eyes.  The helicopter from DPS isadding a lot to the firefight.

Recently DPS Air Rescuewas sent to several fires, including the Doce fire, near Prescott and theThomas fire near Baboquivari Peak.

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

A week ago two DPS AirRescue helicopters delivered water to try and douse another wildfire inSouthern Arizona. 

Air Rescue had more than20 water deployments, than continued support into the night.

All the air work from thispoint forward is thanks to a new agreement between DPS and the State ForestryDivision.  It may continue to stay activein the next few weeks.

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