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California Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Two Scott Smith and Bryan Bartucci from the 1-140th Aviation Battalion (Air Assault), based out of Los Alamitos, fly their UH-60 Black Hawk, Aug. 29, 2013, from the dip site at the Cherry Lake dam just west of Yosemite National Park to a drop point five minutes away. Another 140th aircraft is returning from a Bambi Bucket drop and Smith and Bartucci pause as yet another Black Hawk completes their precision 700 gallon water drop on the #RimFire. The pilots move in, directed by the Cal Fire manager, Fire Capt. John Zuniga, who spots a U.S Forest Service fire fighter on the ground waving a flag at 1:24 near a large tree and Spc. Michael Beatty, the crew chief from Garden Grove, drops their bucket of water drenching the tree and the area around the ground crews who are cutting lines. As the bird banks away to return to the dam you can spot another pinked painted Black Hawk at 1:59 emerging from the smoke to hit the same area. (U.S. Army National Guard video by Master Sgt. Paul Wade/Released) Show lessRead more
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