National Guard to help with Montana wildfires
August 21, 2013
MISSOULA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock ordered two Montana Army National Guard helicopter teams and 18 checkpoint teams to join firefighting efforts on the Lolo Creek Complex west of Lolo.
A total of nearly 110 Guardsmen are expected to be on duty by Thursday morning.
The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter teams will be stationed at the Montana Department of Natural Resources state land office in Missoula, while the checkpoint teams will report to their locations at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The soldiers will be placed on active duty for up to 15 days.
The lightning-caused fires grew from a combined 70 acres on Monda