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Colo. Army National Guard resumes fighting Lower North Fork fire 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
UH-60 firefighting 
FILE PHOTO: Colorado Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Marc R. Belo, a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief from 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, drops nearly 500 gallons of river water onto a wildfire burning the training range at Fort Carson, Colo., June 13, 2008. (Official Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral, Colorado National Guard/Released)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CONTACT:
Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (3/28/12) – The Colorado Army National Guard is resuming firefighting operations at the Lower North Fork fire still burning in Jefferson County, Colo., today.

The two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and their crews began fighting fires yesterday, dropping an estimated 30,600 gallons of water on the fire so far. 

The Colorado Army National Guard is acting on the request of the governor's office to assist the Colorado Division of Emergency Management in fighting the Lower North Fork fire in Jefferson County, Colo.

The helicopters and crews again launched from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., at approximately 7:30 a.m. today, equipped with one BamBi Bucket® each. One bucket is capable of carrying and delivering nearly 500 gallons of water at a time.

The flight crew comprises six Colorado Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation.

For more than 150 years, the Colorado National Guard has served our nation in wartime and is the first military responder during state emergencies. CONG Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.

The Colorado Army National Guard is supporting this mission.

No other information is available at this time.

Fact Sheet UH-60 Black Hawk: http://www.army.mil/factfiles/equipment/aircraft/blackhawk.html

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3/28/2012