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Colo. Guard aviation, security, communications supporting 3 firefighting efforts 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
UH-60 bucket dip 

Colorado Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Wiley directs a bucket dip 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 of Colorado National Guard firefighting are available on Flickr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday June 21, 2013

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
720-250-1053
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/21/13) – The Colorado National Guard is currently supporting incident commanders at the East Peak, Lime Gulch and Black Forest fires.

EAST PEAK FIRE:

Task Force-Aviation at La Veta:

·         One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and crew with Bambi Bucket capable of dropping up to 500 gallons of water at a time

·         One CH-47 Chinook helicopter and crew with Bambi Bucket capable of dropping up to 2,000 gallons of water at a time

·         31,000 gallons of water dropped as of June 20

Task Force-Security at La Veta:

·         A total of 85 Soldiers are arriving throughout the day to begin manning checkpoints in support of the Huerfano County Sheriff

·         Four Airmen are currently providing a phone, internet and radio communications platform to facilitate communications between civil and military authorities  

 

LIME GULCH FIRE:

Task Force-Aviation at Lime Gulch:

·         One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter outfitted with a hoist is on standby for medevac and search-and-rescue operations if needed

BLACK FOREST FIRE:

Task Force-Security at Black Forest:

·         Soldiers are continuing to man several checkpoints in support of the El Paso County Sheriff

The primary mission of TF-Security is to safeguard personal property and ensure only authorized personnel gained access to restricted areas based on the direction of law enforcement authorities.

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

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

For latest updates on the Colorado National Guard, follow us on Twitter @CONG1860. 

Also follow #EastPeakFire, #LimeGulchFire, #BlackForestFire and #cofire.

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 
CH-47 Chinook: http://1.usa.gov/12g4Iaj
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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6/21/2013