Helicopters of various sizes and shapes sit ready at the Mineral County Airport near Superior. Six have been called in to-date to help fight the Sunrise and Burdette fires burning east of Superior. With a moment’s notice any one of them will spring into action and make the trek to the fires.
The fires are burning in steep, forested terrain and along the ridgelines, threatening around 100 homes in the surrounding area.
The helicopters are called in to drop thousands of gallons of water onto the fire lines, working with Hotshot and hand crews located far below along roads and trails. The crews try desperately to keep the nearly 10,000-acre Sunrise Fire and 600-acre Burdette fire in check.