In focus: Washington DNR prepares for wildfire season with mock fire exercises in Capitol Forest – The Daily Chronicle

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A helicopter drops water during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helicopter drops water during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

Fire crew prepare the fire equipment during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter takes off during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter takes off during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

The moon during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter drops water during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter prepares to land during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter drops water at the drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter prepares to land during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter prepares to land during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

Fire crew prepare the fire equipment during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter prepares to land during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter drops water at the drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

Inserted personnel set off colored smoke to indicate the drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter prepares to land during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies through the trees to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

Inserted personnel set off colored smoke to indicate the drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

A helicopter flies to a drop point during the DNR aviation exercise in the Capitol State Forest on Wednesday, April 17.

Ridley Hudson | ridley@chronline.com

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