National Guard helicopters join fight against Whitewater Fire

An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment dups a 2,000 gallon capacity Bambi Bucket amid smoke over the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area in order to support firefighting efforts on the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Gov. Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2, two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs).

DETROIT, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard is helping fight the Whitewater Fire on Mount Jefferson with 25 people and two two CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to the fire.

The helicopters are equipped with water buckets capable of carrying nearly 2,000 gallons of water.

The aircraft and personnel are from the 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, based in Pendleton, Oregon.

The Guard mobilized to help after Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to wildfires.

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