Colorado Fires

Jun 23, 2013 7:53 AM by Jeff Langan

National Guard helps wildfire efforts

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - More than 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and pilots are helping with security and firefighting efforts at three wildfires in the state.

In a statement, the guard Saturday says a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and a CH-47 Chinook helicopter are dropping water at the East Peak Fire southwest of Walsenburg. The guard also says it has a rescue medical helicopter on standby at the Lime Gulch Fire in the foothills west of Denver.

In addition, the guard is providing off-road firefighting trucks and water tenders at the West Fork Complex Fire near South Fork and 85 soldiers to provide security in Huerfano County.

More than 120 guard soldiers providing security at the Black Forest Fire north of Colorado Springs were released Saturday morning.

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