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Colo. National Guard continues supporting firefighting efforts on 3 wildland fires 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Bucket drop 

Bucket drop on Black Forest fire June 12, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)

Click here or on the photo for a high-resolution file.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday June 24, 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. (6/24/13) – The Colorado National Guard is currently supporting incident commanders at three different fires throughout Colorado; the West Fork complex fire, the East Peak fire and the Lime Gulch fire.

WEST FORK COMPLEX FIRE:

     ·         Fourteen 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 manning multiple checkpoints around the fire area in support of local law enforcement.

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

     ·         Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers are providing geographic imaging support to the incident commander.

 

EAST PEAK FIRE:

·         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

·         Colorado Army National Guard helicopters have dropped more than 131,000 gallons of water on the East Peak fire as of June 23. 

·         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 wildland fire 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:

·         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