The Washington National Guard deployed two helicopters equipped with water buckets Friday morning to assist firefighter efforts in Central Washington.
A five-member crew is aboard a twin-rotored Chinook helicopter carrying a 2,000-gallon bucket, and a four-member crew is flying on a Blackhawk helicopter equipped with a 660-gallon bucket.
They are headed to the Wenatchee Complex fire. You can read the Wenatchee World’s ongoing coverage of the fire by clicking here.
“We are proud to support efforts already in progress in Chelan and Douglas counties, anad we will do all we can to keep the flames from people and structures,” sadi Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington National Guard, in a statement.
The pilots and crew are assigned to the 66th Theatre Aviation Command, which last month dropped more than than 632,000 gallons of water in support of efforts to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire east of Cle Elum.
The U.S. Forest Service trains and certifies these citizen-soldiers on these water bucket missions.
The Washington National Guard is headquartered at Camp Murray, located south of Lakewood.
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