In the end, the Eta pilot was able to survive the helicopter crash but his life has not been the same.
Eta had been on fire since at least Monday morning when it crashed in a remote area in the centre of the Amazon.
ETA had been deployed to the area for an air rescue operation but had to turn back because of poor visibility.
“It was a bad day.
It was a terrible day.
The whole airlift was in ruins,” said a local Eta volunteer.
The pilot, who has not given his full name, said the helicopter had a single engine, and that the pilot and his crew had no fuel.
He said the fire was so intense that it had already burned through the fuel tanks.
“We were not going to be able to land because we had no helicopters,” he said.
He lost his life saving his crew but his aircraft is now in storage.
“If I had not lost my life, I would have not been able to continue,” he told BBC News.
Eltas crew was given extra supplies of oxygen and water to stay warm in the heat.
The fire had destroyed an ancient city in the region.
Etas chief fire officer, Ricardo Pacheco, said it was impossible to tell how long the blaze had been burning, but he was confident it was still burning.
He blamed the helicopter for the crash because it had lost power while landing.
“That helicopter is not safe to land on because the power was lost.
The power was switched off and we couldn’t power the engines to fire,” he added.
Pachecomo said the crew had lost their contact and that emergency communications equipment had been destroyed.
“There was no radio signal, no signal of any kind,” he claimed.
“The helicopters did not have any radio, so the pilots were unable to communicate with the fire fighters.”
Eta pilots have been deployed more often in recent years, as part of a growing number of Amazon fires.
In December, a pilot who was helping to fight the blaze on the outskirts of Amazonas capital, Bogota, died when he crashed into a tree.
Another pilot, Jose Francisco Hernandez, was also killed.
He was a former soldier who was trained to fight fires in the Amazon jungle.
The pilots’ deaths followed the death of two other pilots, Carlos López Ortiz, a Spanish pilot, and Sergio Salgado, a Colombian, in February.