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Guard Blackhawk Helicopters To Fight Wyoming Fires

Blackhawk helicopter (Courtesy Wyoming National Guard)

Two Wyoming Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, equipped with 600-gallon water buckets, have been activated to help fight fires in Wyoming.  The two helicopters and eight personnel left Cheyenne this morning for Weston County, after being called to state active duty by Gov. Matt Mead. This is the second Wyoming fire Wyoming Army National Guard helicopters have assisted with this summer.  The first was in Guernsey State Park in early June.

The UH-60s, belonging to the Wyoming Army National Guard’s C Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, also were activated to fight the High Park fire, in Colorado., in June.

“Supporting Wyoming firefighting efforts is an essential response for the
Wyoming National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner.  “Protecting Wyoming’s
residents and property in times of natural disaster or emergency is an
important role for us.”

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