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Quincy, California
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her River i~dn, k pro9 Progressive, Record, Reporter m 'm Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 Imdde Section B Y listrict ood ley wi .. flies as Um I licoi w txk off. m m ;elot ltt_1~tOdll Met~lf ,'If Writer shoulo'-r -. , a, ater droplets, small orm "e lab ks' weeds, sand and dirt, 'to t up in the wind gener- by two massive rotor nkl. ,~}des, spun out as the heli- ?u _ ter hovered just feet the nOJ)ve . ~' ~e Feather River. a pro~k snorkel, extended from ) Plumas National Forest elf is (PNF) 212 helicopter, guzzled up 300 gallons of water in less than a minute, filling the air- craft's belly, before flying away to dump its load. Following the river's course as it left its loading area, the helicopter flew be- hind a mountain only to reappear as it made another See Air, We 2B When the Plumas National Forest's helicopter hovers to draw water, It has to be low enough to rea0h the water. The tank in the belly of the craft holds 300 gallons of water. ~ , i :~i ~ i:~ to allow the enoflicel r, ,., The !xtght orange Ixacket lmws up oleady as it fills with wate from the Feather River. 46t0 SO seconds to fill upthe tank on the for- L2. II ailecl in from upot adoql the Feather River where it mdl fill wlth water. i~ i, me pm, he k d r has m q.. mo.hw vknv hom near tb Mr. Nough l Im . Wood, elder of fire and relation on the forest, and Don Hamilton, helltaek lite wogrxm on the forest.