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CONG news release: Some military forces fighting Black Forest fire relieved by commercial assets 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
DC-10 slurry 

A modified DC-10 drops slurry on the Black Forest fire burning in El Paso County, Colo., June 12, 2013. Multiple local, state and federal agencies are fighting the blaze, which holds the record for most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history. (U.S. National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson/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) – A number of active-duty military forces, who have been battling the Black Forest fire, have been relieved of firefighting duties as commercial assets have become available to continue the fight.

“Military forces are intended to be a rapid surge force,” said Byrne. “When commercial assets become available, the military will withdraw, reassess and respond to additional requests from civilian authorities.”

The active-duty forces coming off the fight, specifically the engineering and aviation assets from Fort Carson, were operating under immediate response authority.

“The rapid military response to the fire was largely due to the lessons we learned about immediate response authority in 2012,” said Byrne. “The collaborative efforts between active-duty and National Guard forces were seamless and have proven a best practice. We are always looking for ways to improve, and this was an example of many lessons learned.”

Byrne stated that the military is still supporting all requests for assets.

Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, state governors still have the ability to request assets from neighboring states as needed.

“These active-duty service members are to be highly commended for their support to Colorado citizens,” said Colorado Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne, dual-status commander. “Their skills, expertise and dedication have been an immeasurable contribution to the fight. As a Colorado citizen, myself, I am personally grateful for their outstanding support.”

File photos:

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

File video:

National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/KZQeZI

B-roll:

Bambi-Bucket® drops, Black Forest fire: http://bit.ly/11N6Fiq

Fact sheets:

Dual-status commander: http://bit.ly/12ua8Eu

Biography:

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

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6/13/2013