Once again the value of our local municipal airport is demonstrated as it is used to stage US Forest Service contract firefighting helicopters working the “Pilot Fire”. The proximity of our airport to the local mountains makes it an ideal staging base when wild fires threaten those communities. These helicopters have been based at the airport since 8-8-16. As of 8-10-16 the “Pilot” fire is 65% contained. Normal airport operations have not been curtailed, but pilots should be mindful of the heavy helicopter operation from the west ramp and give these crews lots of room to conduct their work.