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Thanks overdue

The raging fire on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has destroyed many dreams and futures of home owners in the area. Unfortunately, the high winds, the thick smoke and the lifting effect, caused by the intense heat from the fire, made the use of airborne water tankers very dangerous and life threatening, resulting in their limited use. Helicopters with dangling water bags were mandatory and used effectively.

The helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft personnel risked their lives to combat this blaze, and they have received very little acknowledgment. We should all be grateful, especially the residents of the south shore, for the men and women who fly and service these firefighting aircraft.

Charles Heinkel



Nevada City


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