Multiple agencies are helping battle the Northern California wildfires, including the California National Guard. Video posted on the agency’s Facebook page shows one of the methods they are using to put out the fire.
The video shows a Black Hawk helicopter scooping up water from a lake and hovering over acres of a burning land before it drops the water over the fire in Yountville, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
The series of fires that began on Oct. 8 have burned over 200,000 acres and killed at least 40 people in several Northern California counties.
As of Sunday, the Atlas, Tubbs, and Nuns fires had burned over 130,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties.
Progress has been made in two of the major fires. The Atlas and Tubbs fires are over 50 percent contained, said officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Services. On Friday, the fires were reported to be less than 30 percent contained.
The fires have affected the rest of the Bay Area also. The smoke caused by the fire triggered air quality in the region to reach “unhealthy” levels in the majority of the area last week, according to AirNow.gov.
According to the post on the Cal National Guard Facebook page, the agency has more than 2,000 aviators and ground personnel supporting the efforts to combat the blaze in Wine Country.