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Neb., Wyo. National Guard helicopters to join Colo. wildfire fight 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Bucket drop 
Colorado Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Wiley directs a bucket drop on the Black Forest Fire June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. As of June 13, 2013, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and crews from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., composed of members if the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, have dropped more than 110,400 gallons of water from Bambi Buckets®. A total of two additional UH-60s from Nebraska and Wyoming are now arriving in Colorado to assist in the fight. Fourteen members of the 1157th Firefighting Company are also fighting the fire, while Colorado’s National Guard Reaction Force, composed of 120 personnel and several vehicles, are providing security at up to 20 checkpoints in the Black Forest area. Up to eight Airmen from the Colorado National Guard’s Joint Incident Site Communications Capability team 16 are continuing to support the incident command with communications support. (U.S. National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, June 14, 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. (6/14/13) – Two more National Guard helicopters from neighboring states are arriving in Colorado in the next 24 hours to assist civil authorities in fighting the Black Forest fire.

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and crews represent the Nebraska Army National Guard and Wyoming Army National Guard, and will work alongside Colorado National Guard helicopters and crews already fighting the fire.  

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s declaration of a state of emergency allows him to request resources from other states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

“We spoke to our neighboring governors this morning and very much appreciate their rapid response,” he said.

Colorado National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks, each equipped with a Bambi Bucket® capable of carrying and delivering nearly 500 gallons of water at a time, have dropped well more than 110,000 gallons of water on the fire since June 11. One Colorado LUH-72 Lakota helicopter and crew are continuing to provide aerial firefighting coordination.

“Though the circumstances are tragic, it’s rewarding when we can help our neighbors – and be helped by our neighboring states,” said Colorado Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne, dual-status commander. “We’d gladly do the same without a second thought.”

File photos:

Black Forest firefighting: http://bit.ly/11BDdZM

Colorado National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/1bvVyfb

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

Emergency Management Assistance Compact: http://bit.ly/19qiSyz

Biography:

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

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6/13/2013