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SD WLF Annual National Guard Helicopter Training

South Dakota Department of Agriculture News Release


For Immediate Release: May 16, 2019

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232


SD WLF Annual National Guard Helicopter Training


Rapid City, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division will be conducting their annual wildland fire training with the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit. 


Flight operations training will take place Friday, May 17 with a helibase located at the Hot Springs airport. Aerial water delivery practice will take place on the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks’ land on the east end of Sheps Canyon with helicopters dipping buckets in the Angustura Reservoir.


These cooperative exercises provide great training for pilots before they participate in an active fire. It is important, for the overall safety and security of the state and its residents, that aerial resources are able to safely integrate between state and federal partners.   


The public is requested to stay clear of the dip sites while these activities take place. Unmanned Aerial System (drone) operators are requested to refrain from flying in the area during this exercise. Flight operations will be shut down if there are any drones flying in the area.


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