FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, June 14, 2013
Incident Command Team
Public Information Officer
Colorado National Guard
Capt. Darin Overstreet
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.”
Black Forest firefighting: http://bit.ly/11BDdZM
Colorado National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/1bvVyfb
National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/KZQeZI
Bambi-Bucket® drops, Black Forest fire: http://bit.ly/11N6Fiq
Bambi-Bucket® drops, High Park fire: http://bit.ly/17H61HJ
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
Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne: http://bit.ly/19zYU4e
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