On Monday afternoon firefighters battled a fire in east Travis County and used the new STAR Flight helicopter.
The fire started around 2:00 PM when workers clearing brush said some of their equipment sparked. By Monday evening it was 20 acres big but 100% contained and not threatening any structures.
Crews were able to use the new helicopter for the first time. The two man crew in the helicopter would hover over a nearby retention pond, suck water into the helicopter, and then dump it on the fire.
The helicopter was purchased for $2.1 million and costs $700 to operate.
"They give us a little bit better visual perspective of it," Captain Von Beals of Travis County Fire Rescue said of the helicopter. "Additionally they can identify some of the hotter spots and go in to make their water drops accordingly on that."