UPDATE: DoD support to Black Forest Fire

By Joint Task Force Centennial Public Affairs

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. –Local military bases in the Colorado Springs area continue to provide personnel, equipment and shelter support to local, state and federal authorities and those affected by the Black Forest Fire.

The support is provided through several authorities including mission assignments, immediate response authority and mutual aid agreements. Photos of local military support can be found here http://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ColoradoWildfire2013#.Ubiz4dhRAik and specific details about local military support can be found below.

U.S. Air Force Academy:
- Support to the incident management team
- Emergency Family Assistance Control Center for DoD personnel

Peterson Air Force Base & Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station: - Two – Type 1 (structure) pumpers - Two support trucks - 13 firefighters - Shelter for Department of Defense personnel on Peterson AFB

Buckley Air Force Base:
- 5,000 gallon water tender + two person crew

Fort Carson:
- Two Type 6 (brush truck) and three water tenders with 9 personnel
- Two CH47s and two UH60s with bambi buckets who have dumped a combined total of 1,410 buckets and 408,475 gallons
- Four D-7 bulldozers on the scene cutting firebreaks on the north side of the fire
- Shelter for Department of Defense personnel on Fort Carson
- Tactical Command Post at the Incident Command
- Forward Air Traffic Controllers
- Command and Control aircraft for the Incident Commander

302nd Airlift Wing:
- Two C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS)
- These two aircraft and their crew have flown a combined 12.1 hours, conducted 14 air drops and released more than 37,500 gallons of retardant to date.
- Aircraft operating as the 731st EAS

Colorado National Guard:
- 120 personnel at up to 20 security checkpoints in Black Forest area
- 20 personnel providing various types of assistance at the incident
- Four personnel from the National Guard Communications Element
- High-clearance pumper trucks and water tenders (5 vehicles; 14 firefighters)
- Three UH-60s with bambi buckets have dropped over 110,000 gallons to date
- One LUH-72 Lakota helicopter equipped for aerial firefighting coordination

Wyoming National Guard:
- One UH-60 from the Wyoming National Guard has arrived in Colorado to provide fire suppression support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (4 crew members)

Additional Information:

Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne has been appointed Dual-Status Commander and will work with fire incident commanders. This arrangement allows a single military Joint Task Force to provide command and control for all military forces (Active, Reserve & Guard) supporting the fire.

US military installations are providing residential firefighting engines and crews to allow additional local personnel to respond to the fire. That support includes:
- An engine and crew from Ft Carson to Colorado Springs Fire Department
- An engine and crew from Schriever AFB to Ellicott Fire Department
- An engine and crew from F.E. Warren AFB to Peterson AFB

USNORTHCOM is the joint combatant command formed in the wake of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks to provide homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities. USNORTHCOM provides DOD capabilities for disaster response operations in support of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Interagency Fire Center, and state and local officials.