Author Bill Gabbert

The pilot reportedly walked or swam away.

The Incident Management Team on the Lava Fire in Northern California announced Wednesday afternoon, July 7, that a helicopter working on the fire performed an emergency landing into Lake Shastina in the afternoon due to unknown reasons. The pilot was able to swim/walk away and was being assessed. There were no other passengers on board.

The 25,000-acre Lava Fire is three miles east of Weed, California on the northern slopes of Mt. Shasta. It has been burning since June 24, 2021.