Each coloring sheet is created from a real photograph. This photograph was taken by an amazing photographer named Kari Greer. She is contracted by the federal land management agencies in the United States of America to document wildland fire incidents throughout the country.
We hope you enjoyed coloring your sheet. How does it compare to the photo above? Does the photo make you think differently about the picture? Did you use different colors? We can’t wait to see everyone’s finished coloring, so be sure to share below or on social media (with your parent’s permission, of course)!
As your coloring sheet mentions, helicopters are used for a wide variety of wildland fire support operations. They carry buckets of water to help suppress fires, they’re used as rappel platforms to insert firefighters into remote areas, they move supplies into firefighters who are out of the fireline, they’re used to support prescribed fire operations (including with ignitions), they regularly help scout the fireline from the air, and much, much more. Here is a video of a helicopter dumping its bucket of water on a fire:
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