On the day that we drove out to Deming to look for the irises we noticed smoke coming
up from a nearby mountain
Then we saw the fire fighting helicopter - dragging a tank behind it - heading for the Nooksack river to dip up water
Coming in - Water loaded - Flying back to the fire
The buckets are dipped into the river and can hold up to 12,000 gallons - depending on the power of the helicopter to lift the loaded buckets
Flying back for another load - we watched as the helicopter made 8 trips to the river
The empty bucket swings out behind the helicopter on the way to the river, then the bucket is lowered into the river - the helicopter disappears behind the trees
Lifting the load from the river, the helicopter is right in front of The Sisters Mountains
Water spray can be seen coming
from the loaded bucket
The fire extinguished, the helicopter lands at the nearby high school
It was amazing to watch the precision flying of the helicopter to load water for fire fighting.
We are thankful for the work these amazing
pilots do to protect our forest.