NEWS | Oct. 24, 2020

Governor activates Colorado National Guard to assist with East Troublesome wildfire

By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs CONG, TAG, 100

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Gov. Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard to assist the State Emergency Operations Center and the incident commander during the East Troublesome Fire near Grand Lake, Colorado.

The SEOC requested that the CONG provide 38 Soldiers to establish 24/7 traffic control points to assist the Grand County Sheriff’s Office to restrict unauthorized access to the East Troublesome Fire area of operations in the vicinity of Grand Lake.

The SEOC also requested 6 CONG members to support the Grand County Office of Emergency Management for fire support.

Additional personnel are assisting from Joint Task Force-Centennial Headquarters in Centennial, Colorado.

This is the second activation of the CONG for wildfire response during 2020.

“I’m proud of the compassion and commitment that our National Guard men and women have demonstrated throughout our state’s historic COVID and wildfire responses,” The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan said.  “We have the capabilities, capacity and connections to respond wherever or however our state needs us.”

The Colorado National Guard’s support to our local, state and federal partners during the COVID-19 pandemic continues uninterrupted.