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An incredible example of the sheriffs’ firefighting capability took place Friday afternoon, August 21, when a lightning strike ignited a wildfire on the hill just north of Magnolia Avenue.

Within minutes after the fire was reported, ASTREA 12, a firefighting helicopter, took off from Gillespie Field. The helicopter first landed and dropped off several firefighters just east of the fire, then went to fill up their water tank. A few minutes later, they returned and sounded their warning siren, alerting the firefighters that they were lined up to make a drop and did so, knocking out the fire completely. Santee firefighters were saved a long and tough hike up the mountain.

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An incredible example of the sheriffs’ firefighting capability took place Friday afternoon, August 21, when a lightning strike ignited a wildfire on the hill just north of Magnolia Avenue.

Within minutes after the fire was reported, ASTREA 12, a firefighting helicopter, took off from Gillespie Field. The helicopter first landed and dropped off several firefighters just east of the fire, then went to fill up their water tank. A few minutes later, they returned and sounded their warning siren, alerting the firefighters that they were lined up to make a drop and did so, knocking out the fire completely. Santee firefighters were saved a long and tough hike up the mountain.

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Huh,

My son saw that lightning strike on the hill. He came home excited about it.

Jan. 10, 2011

Using the right tool for the job is always very helpful!

The helicopter's rotor blade downwash really distributes the water which helps put the fire out much better than just dropping water on it...

Jan. 11, 2011

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