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Air resources battling Hill Fire decreased as containment increases

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A helicopter makes drops at the Hill Fire on Tuesday. (KSBY photo) A helicopter makes drops at the Hill Fire on Tuesday. (KSBY photo)

A large part of the team effort to fight the Hill Fire included ten air tankers and four helicopters. 

Collectively, they dropped 100,000 gallons of fire retardant and 75,000 gallons of water in an effort to stop the flames. 

CAL FIRE Captain Tom Swanson of the Paso Robles Air Attack Base says significant progress has been made.

"We were able to hold the fire pretty well last night, especially in the Huer Huero Road area. We were able to get some engines and the hand crews and dozers in that whole area last night to make a stand," he said. 

On Tuesday, air activity was decreased to two air tankers and six helicopters, and the majority of the support was focused on helping ground crews. 

However, additional air tankers are on standby in case of flare-ups. 

"The air attack and the two tankers are still assigned, so if any point in this fire, if we get any spots that are critical, we have aircraft that are ready," said Swanson. 

Helicopters flew in and out of Santa Margarita Ranch all day Tuesday in an effort to assist the 1,200 firefighters working on the ground. 
 

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