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With the new fires in and around the Helena Valley lots of activity on the aviation frequencies.
Helena tanker base busy refueling and reloading the tankers.
123.975 am tanker base
168.65 nfm national flight following
124.975 am air attack
118.3 am helena tower
119.5 am Helena approach/departure
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151.22 nfm air to ground (yellow)

Those down near Dillon/Ennis area listen for air attack on:
132.7 am
119.9 am

Updates as I hear them.
73, Rex
 
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More Activity

Some more frequencies for some of the fire activity around the area.
Smokejumper plane 168.55 nfm, "Jumper 14" in area this afternoon.
DNRC active on:
453.4 nfm
151.22 nfm
159.405 nfm
151.265 nfm
151.46 nfm
Shell Rock fire air to air 123.725 am

Should be real active tomorrow, lots of airtankers and rotary wing aircraft in the area! :)

Updates as I hear them.
73, Rex
 
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Not much activity today, with the lower temperatures and higher humidity, most of the airtankers went to other larger fires.
An air attack took off early morning for the Shellrock Fire north of Helena, heard him talking to ground crews
was trying to do recon for ground crews to let them know how they did overnight.
Air attack could not get down low enough for visual "look" due to a smoke inversion above the fire area,
left area and came back to Helena.
The BAE 146 tankers and SEATs (single engine air tanker {Airtractors}) left and went to other fires.
Some of DNRC freqs active.

Updates as I hear them.
73, Rex
 

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Wasn't around for monitoring in a.m.. But lots of activity this afternoon with Lead plane, air attack and airtankers working the 476 Trail fire.
Most of the comms on 132.2 am.
Several rotary wing aircraft working on spot fires and the SEATs trying to build fireline, eventually "heavy" tanker came in (BAE 146)for drop to build fireline.

We will see what tomorrow has in store as it is supposed to get warmer and lower humidity throughout the week.

Updates as I hear them.
73, Rex
 

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Shellrock air attack

Shellrock air attack now using 125.425 am for coordination this morning.
Been up over fire for about 45 minutes assessing needs and ordering assets.
Has requested several rotary wing aircraft.
Air attack talking with ground crews on 151.4 nfm air to ground (Orange)
Updates as I hear them.
73, Rex
 
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