Governor Authorizes National Guard to Combat Northern Utah Fires
August 11, 2013
Due to new fires in other parts of the state, air resources are scarce and the assistance of National Guard Blackhawk helicopters is warranted to tackle flames in a steep canyon west of Portage and in Millville, according to State Forestry officials. According to current reports, six ground crews are on scene at the State Fire and five more are en route. The erratic fire keeps jumping fire lines and making significant runs due to high winds.
The National Guard has initiated mobilization efforts, in coordination with the Division of Emergency Management and Utah Department of Public Safety. Two Blackhawk helicopters are expected to deploy any minute.
Updates on timing and resources will be provided by the National Guard; the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (Dept. of Natural Resources); and the Division of Emergency Management (Dept. of Public Safety).