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:
- 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, Charlotte, N.C.
- 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard, Port Hueneme, Calif.
- 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo.
- 302nd Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.
For more information on wildfires and safety tips visit the U.S. Forest Service website.