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Air support crews assisting with Hill Fire

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There are 14 air tanker pilots and six helicopter pilots working to gain containment on the Hill Fire. 

More hand crews have been ordered to help on the ground, but fire officials have also called in an extra-large tanker to help out. That tanker worked through Monday evening and will continue again Tuesday at daybreak. The air tanker cannot operate during the night. 

Large air tankers drop up to 3,000 gallons in one drop while an extra-large tanker can drop up to 12,000 gallons. 

Fire crews thank all the homeowners who did weed abatement, saying it's helped them tremendously.  

"The clearances the homeowners had, they really paid off today to help the ground crews get in there and take a stand," said Tom Swanson of the Paso Robles Air Attack Base and CAL FIRE. 

Fire crews say because of the wet winter, there are plenty of water resources to fight the fire. 

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