Air attack is key to Burro Fire fight - Tucson News Now

Air attack is key to Burro Fire fight

One of seven helicopters used to fight the Burro Fire. (Source: Tucson News Now) One of seven helicopters used to fight the Burro Fire. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Burro Fire continues to grow and that means crews continue to work hard to get a handle on the fire.

However, there are some areas of the fire where the terrain is rough, there is no access to roads, and it’s just not safe for hot shot crews.

For those areas, they are using helicopters and air tankers. jAs of Wednesday, July 5, there are seven helicopters being used to fight the Burro Fire. 

There are three Type 1 team helicopters, two Type 2 team helicopters and one Type 3 team helicopter. The base is located on Oracle Road near the wildlife crossing bridge in Catalina, where the heli-pad has spots for six helicopters. 

Officials choose this location because the area has been used as helicopter base for fighting previous fires, and it is close to the fire. The helicopters can fly over the mountains to get water and then dump it on the fire.

Crews are also looking at how the Bullock Fire was handled in 2002, and they are using it as a blueprint to help them fight this fire. 

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