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Helicopters at airport helping in severe fire season

New agreement with state likely to continue

 

Last updated 8/18/2021 at 11:42am

"A "Huey" drops to Banks Lake to fill its tank during the Northrup Fire off SR-155 as boaters gather to watch. -Scott Hunter photos

An agreement, new this year, allows state firefighting helicopters to park at the Grand Coulee Dam Airport and that's helping put out local fires sooner than later.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has an emergency-use agreement with Grant County Port District 7 to pay $1,500 a month to keep two helicopters parked at the airport, plus $750 for each additional one that may go...



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