Check Out This Video: Maine Forest Rangers Fight Fire From The Sky
The Maine Forest Rangers posted a video over the weekend of what it looks like to fight a wildfire fire from the sky!
According to the post, this is the view of what a pilot sees when filling up and then releasing water from a helicopter bucket:
"Ranger Pilot Jeff Miller flying Ranger 945, a Bell UH-1H Maine Forest Service helicopter performing bucket work on a wildfire in Harrison, Maine. We use 240 gallon Bambi buckets. #MEfire MISSION READY"
From the pilot lowering that bucket into the water, at about :30 in, to when he hits that target at about 2:10 seconds--it's all pretty impressive to watch.
And if it looks like they used a ton of water to fight this fire, as YouTube user, Gizmonine commented on the thread, they actually do!
"When they say they need a Ton of water to put out the fire, this will do it. Note: 240 gal at 8.3454 pounds per gallon = 2,002.896 pounds... or just over 1 Ton.
I don't know about you, but this makes me very appreciative that Maine has so many lakes and waterways to utilize in situations like this, and that this pilot has these amazing skills to be able to not only fill that bucket, but release it right where it's the most helpful.
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