Your question: Is National Guard fighting fires?

When wildfires happen out west, National Guard service members are there to fight those fires. And for now, they’ve got a good handle on the effort, the director of the National Guard said. “We’ve got 500 people and about 19 aircraft,” on the firefighting mission, Army Gen. Daniel R.

Is National Guard helping with fires?

Meanwhile, more than 2,500 Soldiers and Airmen with the California National Guard are on duty assisting state and local authorities with law enforcement, emergency and wildfire response throughout the Golden State.

Can the National Guard fight forest fires?

Governors can activate National Guard units in their states to assist with wildfire suppression. The most common type of military assistance that NIFC requests is for C-130s equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) to serve as airtankers.

What does the National Guard do during a wildfire?

Wildfires through the western United States – especially in California – started earlier than normal this year and expanded faster than in past years. Thousands of Airmen and Soldiers of the Guard responded. These service members are helping firefighters and police save lives and property.

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Is the California National Guard fighting fires?

“There are 1,264 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen supporting firefighting efforts across the state,” U.S. Army Maj. … Gen. David Baldwin, Cal Guard’s adjutant general, said Tuesday morning at a press conference held by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

What does the National Guard do in California?

The California Army National Guard organizes, trains, equips, and resources community based land forces. On order, mobilizes to support state and/or federal authority.

What is the mission of the National Guard?

Even when not federalized, the Army National Guard has a federal obligation (or mission.) That mission is to maintain properly trained and equipped units, available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as otherwise needed.

Does the military fight wildfires?

More than 26,000 wildland firefighters are currently assigned to fires across the United States. … In addition to the U.S. Army activation, eight U.S. Air Force C-130s equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) are currently serving as airtankers, providing wildfire support across the West.

Is the military helping with the California fires?

Roughly 200 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, will deploy Tuesday to northern California to help fight wildfires burning in the state, including the Dixie Fire, which has burned more than 1,200 structures but is less than half contained.

Are there fires in California?

Wildfires have already burned nearly 1.8 million acres in California this year, according to Cal Fire. Those blazes have destroyed nearly 3,000 structures. … Other large fires on the map as of Tuesday include the Dixie Fire burning across five counties in Northern California and the Monument Fire in Trinity County.

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Where is the California National Guard?

The California National Guard is part of the National Guard of the United States, a dual federal-state military reserve force.

California National Guard
Part of National Guard Bureau California Military Department
Headquarters 9800 Goethe Road, Sacramento, California 95827