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OC Won’t Operate Fire Choppers At Night

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(Credit: CBS/Scott Lucero) A helicopter drops water in Yorba Linda during the Triangle Fire.

(Credit: CBS/Scott Lucero) A helicopter drops water in Yorba Linda during the Triangle Fire.

YORBA LINDA (CBS) — If you call them, they may not come: That’s the concern of Yorba Linda residents who want around the clock fire chopper response.


KNX 1070′s Mike Landa Talks to Margo Boyer of Yorba Linda’s Emergency Response Team

Margo Boyer, a member of Yorba Linda’s Community Emergency Response Team, is concerned after learning that Orange County Fire Authority choppers are only staffed until 8 p.m. during the week.

County Fire Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion says there’s just not enough money to staff the choppers around the clock.

Several homes were lost in Yorba Linda when the 30,000-acre Triangle Fire scorched parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties in 2008.

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