Helicopters on the Matanzas Fire in Chile

Matanzas wildfire Chile helicopter
(Last Updated On: February 3, 2017)

The base heliport for the wildfire south of Matanzas, Chile was set up near the beach at Matanzas. While there for about half an hour on February 2 we observed four different ships at the site.

Matanzas wildfire Chile helicopter

Matanzas wildfire Chile helicopter

Matanzas wildfire Chile helicopter
Three of these tanks that could be used for refilling a helicopter’s bucket were set up at the Incident Command Post on the Matanzas fire. They contained water, but there was old evidence of a red caked-on substance on the outside that was consistent with the color of fire retardant.
Erickson Air-Crane
An Erickson Air-Crane helicopter arrived in Santiago, Chile on Thursday, February 2, but it may not have been used on the Matanzas Fire. This photo was taken at the Santiago airport by Tom Parsons of Global Supertanker.

An Antonov AN-124 arrived in Santiago, Chile Tuesday morning and unloaded three Bell 205 helicopters, one K-MAX 1200, and a flatbed truck with an attached goose-neck trailer.

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