DNR keeps eight helicopters staffed and ready to go each day throughout the state’s lengthy wildfire season. The specially trained crews are transported by helicopter into remote and rugged areas to fight wildfires. They are an important part of DNR’s Wildfire Program, because they can get to wildfires while they are small – a safer and more efficient way to put fires out is to suppress them before they grow into massive wildfires.
Large wildfires create a huge risk to health, human safety, and natural resources, but they also cost exponentially more to suppress as they grow in size. Helicopter crews can be off the ground and enroute to a fire within five minutes of dispatch. By using helicopter crews, we can more quickly and more effectively contain wildfires throughout the state.
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