DENVER (KDVR) – Loud helicopter noise over Chatfield Reservoir On Saturday, the Colorado National Guard deployed black hawks and choppers for special wildfire training.

Nicole Fierro from FOX31 got an insight into the operation.

“What allows us to do this in a more sterile environment is really practicing and perfecting our trade for the little nuances of what matters,” said 1st Lt. Kyle Hatton.

Aircrews LUH-72 Lakota, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook will fly over the Denver metropolitan area from April 13-18 as part of the annual Wildland Fire Training Conference.

Aircrews fly over the Denver subway area during wildfire training

Aircraft drop water on simulated fire pits, improve crew skills in fighting forest fires, and support ground forces in real-life scenarios.

The pilots told FOX31 that the training was even more intense after this past forest fire season.

“The wildfires and the extent of the fires from last year definitely underscore what we’re doing. They bring it a lot closer to home considering where it was as big as it was,” Hatton said. “It makes everything we do here a lot more fulfilling because we know we are training to carry out a mission that will support the people of Colorado.”

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