DoD Continues Support to Combat Wildfires

Photo: A U.S. Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard looks out from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a mission in support of firefighting efforts for wildfires at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)

A soldier looks out from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a firefighting support mission at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey)

Story by Ian Phillips, Defense Media Activity

The Defense Department continues its support to battle wildfires in the western United States. Units assigned to the Air National Guard, Army National Guard and U.S. Navy are assisting CAL FIRE and the California Department of Emergency Services.

As of today, the following DoD resources are part of efforts to support firefighters on the ground:

 

  • One MQ-1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft has been deployed to assisted incident commanders
  • One Navy firetruck and three personnel
  • 13 California National Guard aircraft and crews
  • 18 drops on Wednesday alone totaling 53,850 gallons of phos-chek fire retardant on the rim fire at Yosemite National Park in California
  • 102 Air National Guard personnel
  • 512 drops since June 11
  • 1,307,481 gallons of fire retardant used since June 11

In addition, five Modular Airborne FireFighting Systems aircraft are currently active from the following units:

For more information on wildfires and safety tips visit the U.S. Forest Service website.

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