Six wildfires are ripping across southern California. CNN reported that the affected area is currently larger than the combined size of New York City and Boston. In the weather forecast during the next week: windy and dry conditions. Not in the forecast during the next week: rain. Working alongside California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) are various U.S. military units and other agencies, diligently dropping water and assisting with evacuating tens of thousands of residents.
A Sikorsky MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the "Black Jacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21, assisted Cal Fire Dec. 8. Aircrews flying specially-equipped MH-60Ss conducted aerial water drops against wildfires in San Diego County. The following footage was shot by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paolo Bayas.
California Army National Guard's B Company, 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, flew a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk over the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, while conducting water drops in coordination with Cal Fire Dec. 9. The Thomas fire is the largest of the six blazes. This footage was shot by U.S. Air National Guard Senior Airman Crystal Housman.