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Colo. Guard, helicopters, firefighters, security, communications, imaging teams supporting state’s firefighting efforts 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
CH-47 Chinook firefighting 
Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas Parrott, flight engineer, ensures his CH-47 Chinook helicopter is ready for flight as the helicopter and crew prepare to fight the East Peak fire burning in Huerfano County, Colo., June 21, 2013. The Colorado Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation stationed at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., and the High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo., are providing two helicopters, equipped with Bambi Buckets in support of civil authorities to help fight the fire. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)

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More photos of Colorado National Guard firefighting are available on Flickr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday June 23, 2013

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
720-250-1053
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/23/13) – The Colorado National Guard is currently supporting incident commanders at three different fires throughout the state of Colorado; the West Fork fire complex, and the East Peak and Lime Gulch fires.

WEST FORK COMPLEX FIRE:

Task Force-Security (includes security, firefighters and communications):

·         Twelve Colorado National Guard Soldiers of the 1157th Engineer Firefighting Company, along with their high capacity off-road firefighting trucks and water tenders, are supporting firefighting efforts at the West Fork Complex fire.

·         National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are arriving to man multiple checkpoints around the fire area in support of local law enforcement.

·         Colorado Air National Guard Airmen are arriving to providing a phone, internet and radio communications platform to facilitate communications between civil and military authorities. 

·         Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers are arriving to provide geographic imaging support to the incident commander

 

EAST PEAK FIRE:

Task Force-Aviation:

·         One Colorado Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter and crew with Bambi Bucket capable of dropping up to 2,000 gallons of water at a time

·         One Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and crew with Bambi Bucket capable of dropping up to 500 gallons of water at a time

·         Nearly 104,000 gallons of water have been dropped by Colorado Army National Guard Helicopters on the East Peak fire as of June 22. 

Task Force-Security (includes security, firefighting and communications):

·         Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers are manning multiple checkpoints around the fire area in support of the Huerfano County Sheriff.

·         Fifteen Soldiers are providing firefighting support on hand-crew teams

·         Colorado Air National Guard Airmen are currently providing a phone, internet and radio communications platform to facilitate communications between civil and military authorities.  

 

LIME GULCH FIRE:

Task Force-Aviation:

·         One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter outfitted with a hoist is on standby for medevac and search-and-rescue operations, if needed

For information about the Colorado National Guard, contact Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil or 720-250-1053.

For latest updates on the Colorado National Guard, follow us on Twitter @CONG1860. 

Also follow #EastPeakFire, #WestForkFire, #LimeGulchFire, and #cofire.

Current CONG news releases:
http://bit.ly/13YbLZu

File photos:
East Peak firefighting: http://bit.ly/10L2PIL
1157th Engineer Firefighter Company: http://bit.ly/17Yzqgs
Colorado National Guard firefighting:
http://bit.ly/1bvVyfb
High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site:
http://bit.ly/19uP4k9

File video:
National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/KZQeZI

B-roll:
Bambi-Bucket® drops, East Peak fire: http://bit.ly/10L2PIL
Bambi-Bucket® drops, Black Forest fire:
http://bit.ly/11N6Fiq
Bambi-Bucket® drops, High Park fire:
http://bit.ly/17H61HJ

Fact sheets:
UH-60 Black Hawk: http://1.usa.gov/6kraJa
CH-47 Chinook: http://1.usa.gov/12g4Iaj

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6/23/2013