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USA: Helicopter deployed to tackle wildfire over Lake Hughes in LA County02:42

USA: Helicopter deployed to tackle wildfire over Lake Hughes in LA County

United States, Lake Hughes
August 14, 2020 at 09:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

A helicopter was used to tackle the wildfire above Lake Hughes, on Thursday, as the blaze continued to ravage through Los Angeles County, leaving marks of destruction such as burnt vehicles and vineyards.

The firefighting helicopter filled water from a nearby river before dropping it over a large smouldering surface. Its efforts were supported by firefighters on the ground.

Senca Smith, US Forest Service Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer, said, "Due to the fact that LA County Fire Department has the specialised skills and equipment and training to deal with structure protection and structure firefighting, that we would go into unified command with them on the communities that were being threatened by the fire, rapid fire growth."

"Primarily we're looking at roughly 90% of this fire being on Angeles National Forest and a smaller portion being on state responsibility area, which is CAL FIRE agreement with LA County to do protection for," she added.

The fire reportedly destroyed 10.000 acres (40.5 square kilometres) of land as well as several houses.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department quoted by local media, more than 5.000 constructions remain under threat.

USA: Helicopter deployed to tackle wildfire over Lake Hughes in LA County02:42
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A helicopter was used to tackle the wildfire above Lake Hughes, on Thursday, as the blaze continued to ravage through Los Angeles County, leaving marks of destruction such as burnt vehicles and vineyards.

The firefighting helicopter filled water from a nearby river before dropping it over a large smouldering surface. Its efforts were supported by firefighters on the ground.

Senca Smith, US Forest Service Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer, said, "Due to the fact that LA County Fire Department has the specialised skills and equipment and training to deal with structure protection and structure firefighting, that we would go into unified command with them on the communities that were being threatened by the fire, rapid fire growth."

"Primarily we're looking at roughly 90% of this fire being on Angeles National Forest and a smaller portion being on state responsibility area, which is CAL FIRE agreement with LA County to do protection for," she added.

The fire reportedly destroyed 10.000 acres (40.5 square kilometres) of land as well as several houses.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department quoted by local media, more than 5.000 constructions remain under threat.

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