SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard will provide helicopters and other assistance to firefighters in the wake of the governor's statewide wildfire emergency declaration.
The Guard will provide two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with water buckets to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry.
An additional HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter will be on standby for medical evacuations.
The Guard also will provide a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to assist with aerial spotting.
State forestry has not yet requested Guard troops mobilize to fight fires.
However, the Guard has two 125-person teams already trained and certified to fight wildfires, should the need arise.
Another 125-person team will be ready by August 10, the state said.
The resources are being made available under Operation Plan Smokey, which governs cooperation between the Guard and state forestry.