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State of Texas
Texas Military Forces
News Release
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Texas Military Forces’ Help Battle the Bastrop Blaze

CAMP MABRY, Texas – During the fight against the catastrophic fires burning in Texas, the Texas Military Forces, under the direction of the Texas Forest Service, is once again stepping up to serve local communities and fellow Texans.

To help contain the Bastrop fire, the Texas Army National Guard has deployed eight UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.  Each Blackhawk carries suspended "Bambi buckets," dropping 660 gallons of water or fire retardant per pass. Three CH-47 Chinooks have also been deployed, applying 1600 gallons of fire retardant or water during each bucket drop.

Since August 31, the Texas National Guard aircraft have dropped one and a half million gallons of water under challenging conditions.

Additionally, the National Guard is providing four bulldozers and support trucks in each of the following areas:  Bastrop, Texas; Columbus, Texas; and Linden, Texas.

The Texas National Guard is proud to stand beside our civilian partners, firefighters, first responders and volunteers to help our fellow Texans during this crisis.

For more information on the Texas Military Forces, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 512-782-5620.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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