As more than 700 fires continue to burn across California, having the right equipment is crucial for firefighters to battle the blazes.
Multiple agencies are coming together to battle the Valley Fire in San Diego.
“We have three H60’s from the U.S. Navy out of North Island and then we have two UH1 Yankee model Hueys out of Camp Pendleton,” said Nick Clements, a fire captain with CAL FIRE.
As of Friday afternoon, the Valley Fire was burning at 17,665 acres and is 39 percent contained.
“The fire increased rapidly due to the increased fire activity in the state of California,” said Clements. “In Southern California, we are very short on resources.”
The County of San Diego is letting firefighters use their oldest and largest airport, Gillespie Field, to land.
“Without this, we would have to find someplace else near the incident to have the helicopters based out of,” added Clements. “This is a lot more convenient for us here at the airport.”