Washoe County could soon have its own helicopter equipped to fight wildfires on a moments notice. Tuesday afternoon, county commissioners agreed to front the $162,000 needed to buy a special water bucket.
The bucket will be attached to the sheriff’s huey helicopter during the fire season.
Last month, officials say it took at least 20 minutes to get air support on the Hawken Fire that burned more than 3,000 acres an threatened home in the Caughlin Ranch area.
The helicopter is expected to be ready to fight fires by the middle of next month. Meanwhile, the county will continue fund raising efforts to help defray the cost.