Video: High Park Fire Helicopters at work

Ignited Jun. 9 by a lightning strike to a tree in Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado’s High Park Fire, has burned 87,284 acres and destroyed at least 257 homes in the foothills west of Fort Collins.

More than 1,300 fire personnel, 17 hand crews, 103 engines, 11 dozers and 18 water tenders as well as air resources including 7 helicopters plus a helicopter with a radiometric imaging system attached are currently fighting the fire that is now 75 percent contained (estimated containment date: Jul. 1).

The following videos show Blackhawks taking off with Bambi buckets, S-64 Aircranes reloading water and a Lakota taking off and flying in support of the High Park Fire.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.