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A YELLOW HELICOPTER, above, uses a siphon to load water and drops the load on the fire much like a retardant plane. At left, a Chinook helicopter lifts off headed toward a reservoir at a higher elevation in preparation to drop a load of water. People on the ground at the bottom of the photo, offer scale to show the size of the air ship.

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Air attack vital in rugged terrain

More helos arrive to help with fire battle DALLESPORT — The air attack on the Blackburn Fire will get some added help after the arrival of three National Guard helicopters.

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