OMAK, Wash. -- While dropping hundreds of gallons of water on wildfires during 14-hour days, pilot Jameson Peters cannot ignore the devastation below.

You take it in, said Peters, a Chief Warrant Officer for the Washington National Guard. It motivates you for what you can do to help that.

He's been flying the Guard's Blackhawks over the Carlton Complex fire for a week.

Crews from seven Guard helicopters have dropped more than 600 thousand gallons of water on the wildfires.

Peters said he and his crews are making a difference. They've been told that by members of the community they are serving below.

The fulfillment comes when we see the people at the grocery stores, said Peters, They're the ones saying 'Thank you'.

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