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Wyoming National Guard to Join High Park Fire Fight

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

June 12, 2012


Renny MacKay
Communications Director


Wyoming National Guard to Join High Park Fire Fight
CHEYENNE, Wy. – Governor Matt Mead has responded to a request from the State of Colorado asking for the use of a Wyoming National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The aircraft and a team of four Wyoming National Guard troops will work to fight the High Park Fire in northern Colorado. The State of Colorado will pay the cost of activating the Black Hawk and the troops.

“I am pleased we can lend a hand to our neighbor,” Governor Mead said. “This is a very serious situation for the public in Colorado and we are even feeling the impacts of the smoke in Wyoming. We all pray for the safety of the residents of Colorado, for the firefighters and for our National Guard members who have been called into action.”

Three UH-60 Black Hawks were activated on Sunday to help fight the Guernsey State Park Fire in Platte County. That fire is nearly contained and the Black Hawks have been demobilized. Also, the Wyoming State Helitack crew is up and running as of Monday afternoon.

“We look forward to assisting Colorado's efforts to contain the blaze just south of Wyoming's border,” said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming's adjutant general. “We dropped more than 70,000 gallons of water on the Guernsey Complex Fire, in Wyoming, over two days and know we made a difference there. We hope our UH-60 crew can help make an impact on the High Park Fire as they assist with efforts there for the next two weeks.”

The agreement with Colorado lasts for 15 days.