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Military supports ongoing Black Forest fire relief efforts 
Joint Task Force-Centennial Public Affairs 
1157th Firefighters 

U.S. Soldiers from the 1157th Engineer Firefighter Company, Colorado National Guard, smother hot spots around residential areas in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 14, 2013. The Colorado National Guard has been supporting civil authorities fight the Black Forest fire since June 11. (Photo by U.S. National Guard photo Sgt. Richard McMullen/RELEASED)

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

More photos from the Black Forest fire are available on Flickr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, June 15, 2013

CONTACT:
Incident Command Team
Public Information Officer
David Eaker
david_eaker@nps.gov
435-619-1651

Colorado National Guard
Public Affairs
Capt. Darin Overstreet
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/15/13) – Local military bases in the Colorado Springs area continue to provide personnel, equipment and shelter support to local, state and federal authorities and those affected by the Black Forest Fire.

The support is provided through several authorities including mission assignments, immediate response authority and mutual aid agreements. Photos and video of local military support can be found here http://www.dvidshub.net/ by clicking the link for Colorado Wildfire 2013, and specific details about local military support can be found below.

U.S. Air Force Academy:
- Support to the incident management team
- Emergency Family Assistance Control Center for DoD personnel

Peterson Air Force Base & Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station:
- Two Type 1 (structure) pumpers
- Two support trucks
- 13 firefighters
- Shelter for Department of Defense personnel on Peterson AFB
- A resource fair will be established post-fire for those DoD personnel affected

Buckley Air Force Base:
- 5,000 gallon water tender + two person crew

302nd Airlift Wing:
- Two C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) – currently standing by at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport as need is determined
- These two aircraft and their crew have flown a combined 12.1 hours, conducted 14 air drops and released more than 37,500 gallons of retardant to date.
- Aircraft operating as the 731st Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

Fort Carson: 
- Two Type 6 (brush truck) and one water tender with 9 personnel
- Shelter for Department of Defense personnel on Fort Carson  

Colorado National Guard:
- 122 personnel at up to 20 security checkpoints in Black Forest area
- 20 personnel providing various types of assistance at the incident
- Four personnel from the National Guard Communications Element
- High-clearance pumper trucks and water tenders (5 vehicles; 14 firefighters)
- As of June 15, three UH-60s with Bambi buckets have dropped more than 176,180 gallons of water

Additional Information:

As of this afternoon, the Incident Commander has determined there is no longer a requirement for rotary-wing support and has released all National Guard rotary wing aircraft.

Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne has been appointed Dual-Status Commander and will work with fire incident commanders. This arrangement allows a single military Joint Task Force to provide command and control for all military forces (Active, Reserve & Guard) supporting the fire.

US military installations are providing residential firefighting engines and crews to allow additional local personnel to respond to the fire.  That support includes:

  • An engine and crew from Ft Carson to Colorado Springs Fire Department
  • An engine and crew from Schriever AFB to Ellicott Fire Department
  • An engine and crew from F.E. Warren AFB to Peterson AFB

USNORTHCOM is the joint combatant command formed in the wake of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks to provide homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities.  USNORTHCOM provides DOD capabilities for disaster response operations in support of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Interagency Fire Center, and state and local officials.  

For more information on the fire call 719-444-8300. Public information is also available at http://www.elpasoco.com/pages/default.aspx or on Twitter, @EPCSheriff, @epcpio #BlackForestFire.

For more information about the fire operations, contact Incident Command Team Public Information Officer David Eaker, david_eaker@nps.gov, 435-619-1651. For information about the Colorado National Guard, contact Capt. Darin Overstreet, 720-250-1053.

File photos:

Black Forest firefighting: http://bit.ly/11BDdZM
Colorado National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/1bvVyfb
Search and rescue:
http://bit.ly/14yKo99
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, Black Forest fire: http://bit.ly/11N6Fiq
Bambi-Bucket® drops, High Park fire:
http://bit.ly/17H61HJ

Fact sheets:

Dual-status commander: http://bit.ly/12ua8Eu
Joint Task Force-Centennial:
http://bit.ly/14znsH4
UH-60 Black Hawk: http://1.usa.gov/6kraJa
LUH-72 Lakota: http://1.usa.gov/13XDU1u
National Guard Reaction Force: http://bit.ly/1bvVo7H
Civil Support Team: http://bit.ly/17H5cP7
National Guard Communications Element, who operate the Joint Continental United States Communications Support Environment:
http://bit.ly/LQUxTg
Emergency Management Assistance Compact: http://bit.ly/19qiSyz
High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site: http://bit.ly/mY1OPl

Biography:

Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne: http://bit.ly/19zYU4e

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