Reservoirs to the Rescue
If you’ve been hearing lots of helicopters, you’re not re-experiencing Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. It’s fire season and the Los Angeles Fire Department’s air operations unit is making stops at the Silver Lake Reservoir to fill up their firefighting helicopters with water and transport it to fire zones. Los Angeles County firefighters also use water from the reservoir battle fires across the L.A. region. The Silver Lake Reservoir is a protected area and provides safe access for pilots.
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The Silver Lake Reservoir is a naturally protected space, used by LAFD during fire season. Photo by David Haub shows a Los Angeles County fire helicopter taking off from the Reservoir.