Assigned to the Whaleback Fire in Spalding, about 20 miles northwest of Susanville in Lassen County near Eagle Lake, this twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter from CHI Transportation rises skyward from the tarmac at Rogers Field Airport in Chester on July 31. Photos by Stacy Fisher

Fighting fires one bucket at a time

Carrying a water bucket capable of holding 2,400 gallons, a Chinook heavy-lift helicopter flies off to scoop a load of water from Eagle Lake to deliver to the Whaleback Fire in Lassen County, with over 16,000 acres already burned, according to the U.S. Forest Service.