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Governor Activates National Guard to Help with Washington State Fires

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Governor Matt Mead activated a Wyoming Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

The UH-60 and crew will deploy to Washington State to assist forest fire fighting. The focus will be on medical evacuations.

The Wyoming National Guard will base out of Bowers Field, in Ellensburg, Washington, for 12 days. This agreement is through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows a Governor to seek help from other states in an emergency. The state asking for assistance covers the costs. Last year, Governor Mead provided Colorado with resources during flooding.

The Department of Defense has also activated the Wyoming Air National Guard to help with firefighting. Two Wyoming C-130s are flying missions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and California.

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