Helicopters at Hayfork Airport. [Crop of a photo provided by a witness]
Three to four helicopters were at the Hayfork Airport this morning. At least one convoy of around 15 vehicles was captured on video northeast of Hayfork on Barker Valley Road. The convoy was reported to contain members of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Shasta Trinity National Forest Service.
One witness on social media described seeing the “[b]iggest helicopter I ever seen.” He also described a large military type truck at the airport.
Though most of the agencies have not responded to a request for more information, witnesses in the area believe that this is a marijuana eradication operation. We received a report that equipment is digging behind the Hayfork Dump where law enforcement has buried confiscated marijuana in the past. A water truck is reportedly also wetting down the dirt road that leads to the area.
A slightly clearer view of one of the helicopters. [Photo cropped from a reader’s image. He described seeing two copters on the ground and one in the air. The flight crew were wearing camo.]
The video showing the convoy on Barker Valley Road is sideways and somewhat difficult to view.