Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Helicopter damaged in North Pass Fire as crews gain control

 A helicopter working on the North Pass Fire northeast of Covelo was damaged Sunday when smoke obstructed the pilot's view as it flew low and snagged on a tree, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The helicopter, on contract with USFS, was flying low to dip water from Howard Lake to dump on the fire, when all five of its rotor blades hit a tree nearby, according to USFS spokeswoman Kate Kramer.

"It was very smoky," Kramer said, "and it's not an unusual accident to have happen in those conditions."

The helicopter could still fly, she said, and landed about a mile and a half away near Howard Lake, where it will stay until its blades are replaced.

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