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Cal Fire Helicopter Training Begins Near Lake Mendocino Today

The following is a press release issued by Cal Fire Mendocino Unit:

A Sikorsky S-70 “CAL FIRE Hawk” Type I Helicopter [Picture from the Cal Fire Facebook page]

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Mendocino Unit will be conducting Basic Helicopter Operations and Safety (BHOS) and Air Rescue training in the areas of Lake Mendocino and Ridgewood Ranch. Training will be conducted periodically between the dates of April 26, 2021 and August 1, 2021.

The aircraft will be training in the Lake Mendocino, Ukiah Valley, and Ridgewood Ranch (Golden
Rule) and surrounding areas, at various days and times of the day

This training for CAL FIRE MEU Helicopter 101 firefighters will include, a combination of classroom
training and operational exercise with a focus on safety. They will learn and practice the skills needed
to work specifically as a firefighter assigned to a helicopter.

CAL FIRE will be conducting this training with the cooperation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Every effort will be made to not impact the public’s use of Lake Mendocino, the trails around the lake,
as well as any impacts to nearby residences. All water pulled from the lake for training will be dropped
back in due to low water levels.

The training will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and
area residents. CAL FIRE reminds all residents that their safety is of the utmost concem.

To learn more about CAL FIRE aircraft visit: https://www fire.ca.gov/programs/fire-
protection/aviation-program
and view the CAL FIRE Firefighting Aircraft Recognition Guide:
https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/4950/aviation-guide-2019-access.pdf

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