Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah National Guard Chief Brian Johnson looks over is UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter prior to leaving the Army Aviation Support Facility in West Jordan for California on Friday. Ten soldiers and two helicopters with the Guard’s 97th Aviation Troop Command, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment are heading to the Golden State to help fight wildfires. Once on location in Mather, California, they will undergo a two-day training and then be placed into firefighting duty. Currently, it is anticipated they will support operations for approximately 14 days, making repeated trips to nearby water sources to dip their 600-gallon buckets, and from the air, drop water on the flames. This is the second request from California to support the wildfire response. Previously, two helicopters with crews and support personnel supported firefighting efforts for the Tehama fire near Red Bluff, California, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News