With more than 40 major wildfires raging in the western United States, the National Interagency Fire Center is short helicopters to battle the blazes. Over 200 rotorcraft and many fixed-wing aircraft are fighting the fires now, but attack coordinators want more. “We need more, but they aren’t available, probably because there’s a lot of work in the oil and logging industry right now,” Kim Christensen told Rotor & Wing. She is a manager with the center, the federal organization that coordinates fire incidents exceeding state and local agencies' boundaries and resources. “We only have about 60 percent of the call-when-needed helicopters we used to have.” As a result, the center is asking operators of medium and large helicopters interested in helping the firefighting effort to contact it at www.fs.fed.us/fire/contracting/. For related news, go here, and check Rotorcraft Report in the upcoming September issue of Rotor & Wing.