CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/27/13) – Approximately 215 Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are continuing support to Colorado civil authorities at the West Fork Complex fire and the East Peak fire.
In addition to the support listed below, two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, outfitted with a hoist or Bambi-Bucket®, are on standby for medevac, search-and-rescue, and firefighting operations, if needed by incident commanders.
WEST FORK COMPLEX FIRE:
· Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers are providing geographic imaging support to the incident commander. This is the first time this asset has been used for firefighting support.
· Fourteen Colorado National Guard Soldiers of the 1157th Engineer Firefighting Company, along with their high-capacity, off-road firefighting trucks and water tenders, are supporting firefighting efforts.
· National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are manning multiple checkpoints around the fire area in support of local law enforcement.
· Colorado Air National Guard Airmen are providing a phone, internet and radio communications platform to facilitate communications between civil and military authorities.
EAST PEAK FIRE:
· Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers are manning multiple checkpoints around the fire area in support of the Huerfano County Sheriff.
· Fifteen Soldiers are providing firefighting support on wildland fire hand-crew teams.
· Colorado Air National Guard Airmen are currently providing phone, internet and radio communications platform to facilitate communications between civil and military authorities.
BLACK FOREST FIRE:
· The Colorado National Guard is providing tents for non-governmental organizations to support relief and recovery efforts in El Paso County, Colo.
For information about the Colorado National Guard, contact Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-250-1053.
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Also follow #EastPeakFire, #WestForkFire, #BlackForestFire and #cofire.
Current CONG news releases:
NEW West Fork firefighting: http://bit.ly/17AGb98
East Peak firefighting: http://bit.ly/10L2PIL
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
NEW Colorado National Guard at West Fork fire: http://bit.ly/17AGb98
Bambi-Bucket® drops, East Peak fire: http://bit.ly/10L2PIL
Bambi-Bucket® drops, Black Forest fire: http://bit.ly/11N6Fiq
Bambi-Bucket® drops, High Park fire: http://bit.ly/17H61HJ
National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/KZQeZI
UH-60 Black Hawk: http://1.usa.gov/6kraJa
CH-47 Chinook: http://1.usa.gov/12g4Iaj
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