From our boat on the water, we had a wonderful opportunity to catch this operation and take photos. Several trips were made but, alas, eventually problems developed with the bags they were filling and the operation had to cease because of some defect in the system. I am happy to report, however, that the deliveries of what water they could retrieve helped considerably in containing the fire.
It was amazing how the helicopter could find the best spot to unload the payload especially with all the smoke they had to fly through.
The fire continued on for another day but was finally under control. The fire burned approximately a total of 4 days and thankfully no lives were lost or homes.