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VIDEO: O.C. Fire Authority Shows Off Its Water-Dropping Helicopters

The demonstration was designed to help make the public aware of wildfire season in Orange County. Last year on July Fourth, an area near Laguna Niguel Regional Park caught on fire.

The Orange County Fire Authority and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department teamed up on Monday to raise awareness of the upcoming wildfire season—specifically, wildfires that are started by arsonists.

A fire was contained last year shortly after it began during the annual fireworks show at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. The fire drew more than 16 fire engines and 75 firefighters at the time and scorched 6 acres at the popular park located at 28241 La Paz Road.

was mostly a standard-issue presser—OCFA Chief Keith Richter reminded people who live in wildfire areas to be prepared in case of an emergency evacuation. And Sheriff Sandra Hutchens advised that folks should be on the watch for shifty, suspicious-looking characters who might decide to strike a match.

Then it was time for what the assembled media types really came for: Awesome footage of water-dropping helicopters! (Click on the clip above.)

Afterward, a crew from the OCFA demonstrated how fire-preventing foam works.

For more info on how you can best prepare for wildfires, click up readysetgooc.org. To receive emergency notices regarding wildfires or any other impending disasters affecting OC, register your email address at alertoc.org.

And to report those suspicious-looking characters, go to occrimestoppers.org, or call the county’s anonymous tip line at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227).

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