August 8, 2017

Oregon National Guard assists in wildfire suppression

From Oregon Military Department, 
Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Dowell, a crew chief with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, connects wiring for a Bambi Bucket valve through a hatch opening inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire at a helibase near the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 5, 2017. Dowell operated the valve beneath the bucket which allows for a quick fill and precise dump pattern while supporting ground crews. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

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.

An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dips a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket into the water during firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 5, 2017. Oregon Governor Kate Brown's state of emergency order on August 2, allowed the Oregon National Guard to deploy requested assets in support of the Oregon Department of Forestry's firefighting efforts. Two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Dowell, a crew chief with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, monitors a Bambi Bucket through a hatch opening from inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area near Central Oregon on August 5, 2017. Dowell operated the valve beneath the bucket which allows for a quick fill and precise dump pattern while supporting the Whitewater Fire's ground crews. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs) 

Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeremy Maddox, a flight engineer with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, surveys a dip point from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 5, 2017, near Central Oregon. Oregon National Guardsmen from Pendleton were called into action to support firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire following Governor Kate Brown's state of emergency on August 2. The declaration authorizes the Oregon National Guard to deploy requested assets in support of the Oregon Department of Forestry. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs) 

An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, carries a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket above the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs) 

An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dumps a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket amid smoke over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

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