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May 23, 2014

DoD joins efforts to suppress Southern California wildfires

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, collects water in a Bambi bucket during aerial firefighting efforts in California, May 14. Aircraft from the 3rd MAW are partnered with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to conduct aerial firefighting against several wildfires ablaze in San Diego County.

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, DoD, is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said here May 16.

“Emergency management officials in Southern California have been battling some pretty intense wildfires,” he said. “DoD personnel and equipment based in the Southern California area have been assisting local first responders with fire suppression operations.”

The colonel described Navy and Marine Corps efforts to help subdue the wildfires using resources from military installations in the region.

“The Marine Corps is supporting the effort with [at least] five CH-53 Super Stallions and eight CH-46 Chinook helicopters,” Warren said.

“The Navy provided [at least] six MH-60 Seahawk helicopters. Additionally, firefighters from Navy bases at Coronado, San Diego, Point Loma [and] El Centro are supporting neighboring Civilian firefighters with five trucks and personnel.”

Warren also noted the wildfires have affected military installations, personnel and Families in the region, forcing evacuations.

“One fire line, known as the Tomahawk fire line, has caused closures and evacuations of portions of Camp Pendleton and Naval Weapon Station Fallbrook,” he said.

Civilian and military firefighters are engaged in fighting that fire, the colonel said.




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