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Suzette Cook/Beacon
Fighting fire with fire

Suzette Cook, Reporter

You can hear the blades spinning in the distance. Florida Forest Service crew members are hoping that the helicopter on its way from Withlacoochee to the Goethe State Forest headquarters will be a big one.

“Hear the bird?” one firefighter yells out. “Sounds like the Huey!”

Within 10 minutes, a Bell UH-1H, aka “the Huey,” with the No. 24 on its nose, comes into view, makes a smooth landing and is greeted by Incident Commander Jerry Horton.