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Press Release
July 12, 2007
Oregon National Guard and Oregon Department of Forestry prepare to respond to fires
In response to Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski's declaration of a statewide emergency at the outset of Oregon's wildfire season, the Oregon National Guard has partnered with the Oregon Department of Forestry in preparation to respond to the firefighting needs of the state.

Under the declaration, the Oregon Army National Guard has launched one UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to Pendleton which will be on standby to perform any necessary medical evacuation missions.

Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters are also on standby in Pendleton, while three Blackhawk helicopters with Bambi Buckets and one Firehawk helicopter are standing by in Salem.

Media is welcome to visit the Oregon Army National Guard Aviation Flight Facility, located at 1921 Turner Road SE, Salem, Ore., Friday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m. to view the aircraft used for providing fire support and to speak with pilots and crew members. Media wishing to visit the flight facility should contact the Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office at 503-584-3917.

Public information officers for the Oregon Department of Forestry will also be at the flight facility to answer questions concerning the current fire situation throughout the state. Currently, ODF is reporting fires in the Southwest Oregon district, Douglas Forest and Klamath-Lake district. For more information on these fires, please call Rod Nichols at 503-945-7425.
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