California asked for help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, kind of a mutual aid agreement between the states, and Washington agreed to provide a CH-47 Chinook and crew to head down to help fight the wildfires, Washington Guard spokesman Lt. Keith Kosik said.
The aircraft from the Washington Guard’s 66th Theater Aviation Command, based at Fort Lewis, will leave Friday morning and head to Sacramento. From there it will be deployed where the CalGuard needs it, he said.
The Chinook will be equipped with a 2,000-gallon bucket.
The crew will be gone a week. “We don’t know if there’s a need beyond that but if there is we will certainly be looking at that. … It could certainly go beyond that,” Kosik said.