From Oregon Military Department,
OREGON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ASSISTS WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard continues to support the Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area east of Detroit, Oregon.
Approximately 25 Oregon National Guard personnel and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters (equipped with nearly 2,000-gallon capacity water buckets), with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, based in Pendleton, Oregon, are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts. The Oregon National Guard was requested to assist following Governor Kate Brown's declaration of a state of emergency.