Owl boards helicopter along firefighters to help drop water over Creek fire

A helicopter in California that was dropping water over the Creek fire had an unusual firefighter, an owl.

Dan Alpiner, the pilot with aircraft charter company Sky Aviation, said he was  taking on the wildfire burning in Fresno and Madera counties when the bird flew into his helicopter and calmly sat by the window.

“It’s odd to have an owl enter an aircraft. It’s unheard of to have it enter while the helo is in-flight,” Sky Aviation said.

Mr Alpiner was concerned that the owl would start flying around the cockpit, but it just sat there as he conducted water drops. “It’s an unexplainable and magical miracle for it to stay with you for several water drops, then leave just as it arrived – safe and unannounced,” he said.

“The crew on this helicopter were very blessed. He just dropped by to say thanks and wish them safe passage,” a user commented.

Creek Fire has scorched more than 348,085 acres in Madera and Fresno counties in California. The blaze has left 23 people injured and damaged over 983 structures.