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Washington DNR Fire Aviation/Helitack Program 
DNR Helicopter Landing at Easton Helibase  

WASHINGTON DNR FIRE AVIATION PROGRAM

DNR helicopters provide direct aviation support for initial attack, wildfire suppression operations on DNR-protected lands. If there is a need for extended attack and large fire support, assignments are on a case-by-case basis.

The Fire Aviation Crew is an elite firefighting team consisting of pilots, managers, support truck drivers, and firefighters. Currently, the program staffs 5-6 initial attack helicopters on a daily basis. Crews are available for dispatch throughout all of Washington State. Aircraft are off the ground and en route to the fire within five minutes of dispatch. 

Helicopters are dispatched using the following criteria:

  • Wildfire threat to human life
  • Wildfire threat to natural resources  
  • Wildfire threat to developed property

Though the top priority is initial attack, DNR helicopters can be used for extended attack or large wildfire incident support provided that they can immediately be reassigned to initial attack duties when the need arises. The initial attack is key to DNR's goal, which is keeping the wildfires less than ten acres in size.

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 Contacts

Resource Protection Division
General Questions & Information
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1300
Fax 360-902-1757
RPD@dnr.wa.gov

Dan Boyle
Helicopter Coordinator
509-925-0967
dan.boyle@dnr.wa.gov

Anton Damm
Fire Aviation Program Manager
360-902-1736
anton.damm@dnr.wa.gov

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