The Kamloops Model Airplane Society and Tolko have stepped up to help the Canadian military.
Due to fire risk from the record heat and extreme dry conditions, the society decided on July 10 to close the RC Flying Field off Highway 5 until further notice.
Took Industries, which owns the field used by the model plane flyers, agreed and asked the club to increase the amount of irrigation at the field as additional fire protection.
On July 22, the Canadian Armed Forces contacted club president Randy Battison to ask if four military helicopters could use the field for training purposes.
Both the club and Tolko graced the request.
The armed forces helicopters had arrived in Kamloops to aid in the fight against forest fires.
Training — which takes place in 30-to-45-minute blocks — consists of circuits and simulated engine failures, but without touching down. Training is expected to be done periodically through the end of August or sooner if the club reopens the RC Flying Field before then.