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2 Colo. Guard aircrews assisting in East Peak fire relief efforts 
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 from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter June 12, 2013, in El Paso County, Colo. (U.S. Air 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:
Thursday June 20, 2013

CONTACT:
Lori Cordova
Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer
719-989-9046

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

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/20/13) – Two Colorado Army National Guard helicopters are assisting civil authorities fight the East Peak fire near Walsenburg in Huerfano County, Colo.

These UH-60 Black Hawks are each equipped with a Bambi Bucket® capable of dropping as much as 500 gallons of water at a time.   

One helicopter is from the Colorado National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility (#COAASF) on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., and one helicopter is from the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (#HAATS) in Gypsum, Colo.

The Colorado Army National Guard is assisting the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office in fighting the East Peak fire.

“Our Guard members live and work in communities across the state, we’re always ready help our neighbors in their time of need,” said Brig. Gen. Pete Byrne, commander of the standing Joint Task Force-Centennial. “That’s why we serve.”

Colorado National Guard Citizen-Soldiers are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.

For more information about the fire operations, contact the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lori Cordova at 719-989-9046.

For information about the Colorado National Guard, contact Capt. Darin Overstreet, ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil  or 720-250-1053.

Follow #EastPeakFire and #cofire on Twitter.

File photos:
Black Forest firefighting: http://bit.ly/11BDdZM
Colorado National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/1bvVyfb
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:
UH-60 Black Hawk: http://1.usa.gov/6kraJa
High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS): http://bit.ly/mY1OPl
Joint Task Force-Centennial: http://bit.ly/14znsH4

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6/19/2013