Updated at 9:18 a.m. PDT July 8, 2021
The FAA reported that the helicopter that went into Lake Shastiana July 7 while working on the Lava Fire in Northern California was a Bell 212, N911KW registered to Rogers Helicopters.
Their very brief preliminary report says, “Aircraft submerged during water operations from Lake Shastina, Weed, CA.”
The report said there were no injuries.
Updated at 6:57 p.m. PDT July 7, 2021
The Incident Management Team on the Lava Fire in Northern California announced Wednesday afternoon, July 7, that a helicopter working on the fire performed an emergency landing into Lake Shastina in the afternoon due to unknown reasons. The pilot was able to swim/walk away and was being assessed. There were no other passengers on board.
The 25,000-acre Lava Fire is three miles east of Weed, California on the northern slopes of Mt. Shasta. It has been burning since June 24, 2021.