Water Drops Dropping water on a fire is nothing new. I’m sure the cave men knew how to do it, it’s just that fire fighting with a helicopter has elevated and complicated the art. Water gets expensive when picked and dropped by a helicopter. Fighting a large fire is more expensive yet.
Many helicopters can pick up more water than my helicopter can, but because I usually arrive in the very early stages of a fire, I can often stop the fire with just two or three loads. You might call my Long Ranger “the little helicopter that could.” I have a Bambie bucket which holds 140 gallons and can be adjusted down to 80 gallons. The bucket was named after Bambie, who worked at a famous firefighters bar in Boise Idaho (more on that another time).