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Press Release
August 14, 2001
FIRE SITUATION UPDATE: National Guard troops mobilize for fire fighting
Salem, Ore.-The Oregon National Guard is mobilizing all previously-trained fire fighting personnel to assist in fighting Oregon wildfires. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopter crews from Pendleton have already mobilized, and are working at the Monument Complex and Bridge Creek fires in Eastern Oregon. Each Chinook carries a 2,000 gallon water bucket for fire fighting endeavors.

Soldiers trained last year for fire fighting are from 1-186 Infantry, headquartered in Ashland; 1-162 Infantry, headquartered in Forest Grove; 2-162 Infantry, headquartered in Eugene and Cottage Grove; 1249 Engineers, headquartered in Salem; and 1-82 Cavalry, headquartered in Bend, are being notified to report to their respective armories tomorrow to prepare for recertification training. The Oregon Department of Forestry will conduct the training at six localized areas: Camp Biak in Bend; Oregon Military Academy in Monmouth; Medford; Eugene; and one location yet to be determined. Soldiers will deploy to fires following completion of the eight-hour course. National Guard and forestry officials anticipate the soldiers to be on the fire line within 48 to 72 hours.
The Monument Complex consists of 10 different fires in the Monument and John Day areas. The 1,250-acre fire is burning in sage and juniper, and is approximately 50 percent contained. Six to 10 structures are threatened. The Bridge Creek fire is located three miles south of Ukiah. The 300-acre fire is threatening an historical structure, entry to national forest lands, and the town of Ukiah. No containment has been reported.
For more information contact:
Kay Fristad
(503) 584-3917
(503) 931-5179 (Cell)