Meet Cal Fire’s UH-1H Super Huey 301 helicopter

Cal Fire’s UH-1H Super Huey 301 helicopter speeds to a water source during the Casino Fire, Monday, July 13. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The low-pitched droning of a speeding helicopter is a familiar sound to residents of the Anza Valley during the hot summer months during fire season. Instantly, they search the skies for smoke and check social media for emergency alerts. For local blazes, the flames are often attacked by Cal Fire’s helitack crews and often by Fire Attack Helicopter 301, one of the agency’s UH-1H Super Hueys. The bright red and white colors are unmistakable as the helicopter dips water from nearby sources, such as Lake Riverside Estates’ 55-acre lake. Manufactured by Bell Helicopters for the U.S. Army, the aircraft served from 1963 to 1975. It was used as a troop and cargo transport and also for specialized operations. In 1981, Cal Fire originally acquired 12 of these helicopters from the Dep
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