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Otter activates National Guard to help fight Clearwater Complex fires

Gov. Butch Otter has activated Idaho National Guard personnel and equipment to support firefighting efforts on the Clearwater Complex fires in north-central Idaho, sending a Blackhawk helicopter and a five-person crew. “The devastation caused by the Clearwater Complex fires has caused untold hardships and loss for individuals and families in north-central Idaho,” Otter said. “We are using all available resources to ensure that lives and infrastructure are protected.”

The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security reports that the FireHawk, a military Blackhawk helicopter assigned to the 168th Command Aviation Company of the Idaho Army National Guard, is configured with a one-thousand gallon water tank to help in firefighting. The National Guard is sending two pilots, two crew chiefs and one mechanic along with the helicopter to assist with fighting the Clearwater fires. “The unique capabilities of the Idaho National Guard further enhance extraordinary efforts underway to protect public safety,” said Brad Richy, bureau director. “We are grateful for their efforts and committed to providing resources and support to all affected areas.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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