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Colo. National Guard supporting 3 firefighting efforts 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Helicopter firefighting 

The Colorado National Guard is supporting the Black Forest fire, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Black Hawk helicopters from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., perform water drops using Bambi Buckets®. The buckets can carry up to 500 gallons of water and make more than 20 drops before refueling. (Photo by Air Force 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:
Saturday June 22, 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. (6/22/13) – The Colorado National Guard is currently supporting incident commanders at three different fires throughout the state of Colorado, the West Fork Complex, East Peak and Lime Gulch fires. In addition the security forces for the Black Forest fire have been released by the El Paso County Sheriff as of 8 a.m.

WEST FORK COMPLEX FIRE:

Firefighters:
Seventeen members of the 1157th Firefighting Company (Engineers), along with their high capacity off-road firefighting trucks and water tenders, are supporting the Incident Command and the firefighting efforts at the West Fork Complex fire.  

EAST PEAK FIRE:

Task Force-Aviation:
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

A total of 116,000 gallons of water have been dropped by Colorado National Guard Helicopters on the East Peak fire as of June 21. 

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.  

Task Force-Security:
A total of 85 Soldiers from the Colorado Army National Guard are manning checkpoints around the fire area in support of the Huerfano County Sheriff.

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

Four Colorado Air National Guard 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:
120 of Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers have been released by El Paso County Sheriff as of 8 a.m.  The primary mission of TF-Security is to safeguard personal property and ensure only authorized personnel gain access to restricted areas based on the direction of law enforcement authorities.

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, #WestForkFire and #cofire.

CONG Current News Releases:
http://bit.ly/13YbLZu

File photos:
1157th Engineer Firefighter Company : http://bit.ly/17Yzqgs
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