Griffith Park Fire video: LACoFD Choppers Tank Up

L.A. County Fire Department helicopters swoop in low and hover barely 6 feet off the surface of Silver Lake. Powerful pumps siphon water into their belly tanks and they lumber back to the fire, which flared up dangerously just after nightfall.

The first shot in this clip (silent) shows the speed with which these choppers worked, while the second gives you some idea how hard the engines are working to maintain height as they take on tons of water. They’re still dumping water as I post this.

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