Video shot in the afternoon on Labor-day Monday, September 5, 2011.
Three Blackhawks scooping up water from the river and then flying over my head to dump it on the fire near Bastrop, TX. Each helicopter probably had took less than 5 minutes for each round trip.
The National Guard is short handed and short on aircraft but doing their best to put out the fires.
"600 gallons, or 4,998 pounds per bucket. 2 hours on station at a time (plus flying time to and from refuel point), as many turns as you can get and up to 8 hours a day flying time authorized - per bird. 43 buckets average per flight (if the dip site is close), times 3 flights in an 8 hour period, times 5 birds = 387,000 gallons of water, or 3,223,710 gallons - dropped exactly where you want it, and where trucks and fireman can't always safely reach."