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September 06, 2002
National Guard standing down fire crews
 
Salem, Ore. The Oregon National Guard has pulled all remaining personnel off firefighting duty effective today, September 6, 2002. After nearly two months of continuous effort, only 14 soldiers will remain on active duty to recover equipment and perform maintenance. Since July 14, 2002, the National Guard has assisted the fire efforts with soldiers, helicopters, maintenance and security and assisted local law enforcement. At the peak of activity in late August, the National Guard had approximately 1,400 soldiers battling the worst forest fires in over 50 years for a cost of approximately $4 million dollars.
 
Equipment resources provided by the National Guard are as follows: 125 HMMWV's; 8 HEMMET wreckers; 14 5-ton trucks; 66 2 ½-ton trucks, 4 CH-47 Chinook helicopters with water buckets; 1 UH-60 Firehawk. The helicopters flew a total of 287.4 flight hours dropping 2,901,200 gallons of water.
 
National Guard soldiers participated in fire suppression operations at the following locations: Biscuit Complex; Sheldon Ridge; Tiller; Siuslaw River, Monument, Toolbox and the Winter fires.
 
In addition to fire support, Guard soldiers continued to perform federal missions relating to Homeland Security while conducting deployments to the Sinai Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
 
Unlike years past, the extensive use of Guard personnel extended beyond the normal 21-day mobilizations. Guard personnel conducted sustainment operations with 40 percent of the mobilized soldiers serving as many as 51 consecutive state active days.
 
For more information contact:
 
Maj. Jeff Julum
 503-584-3885
 cell  503-551-8323