CAL FIRE Crews Training to Fight Nighttime Blazes

June 11, 2024
During the Napa County flights, crews will simulate water drops, navigation and using night-vision goggles.

Howard Yune

Napa Valley Register, Calif.


Jun. 1—Cal Fire will begin two weeks of nighttime helicopter training flights around Lake Berryessa in Napa County starting on Sunday, the state firefighting agency announced.

The aerial training, which also will take place near Davis Creek Reservoir in Yolo County, will continue through June 16, according to a news release from Cal Fire's Aviation Program.

The flights are intended to train pilots and crew members in navigating, communicating, and coordinating among aircraft at night and in reduced visibility. Crews will simulate real-world scenarios involving water drops, navigation, and the use of night-vision goggles, according to Cal Fire.

Residents of the Lake Berryessa area may see and hear low-flying helicopters and uncrewed aircraft from the late afternoon through the evening and on to midnight, Cal Fire announced.

"While there may be a temporary increase in noise levels, Cal Fire is committed to minimizing disruption to the surrounding communities," the agency said in its statement.

For more information about the Cal Fire Aviation Program,


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