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Military Teams Up With Firefighters To Battle Black Forest Fire

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Troops helped fight the Black Forest Fire burning north of Colorado Springs. (credit: CBS)

Troops helped fight the Black Forest Fire burning north of Colorado Springs. (credit: CBS)

GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)- Military units helped fight the Black Forest Fire from the air. Troops from Peterson Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and the Colorado National Guard have been instrumental in the battle.

Military helicopters pulled water from nearby watersheds and dumped it on the fire.

The Colorado National Guard uses what are called “bambi buckets” to collect up to 500 gallons of water. It can make 20 drops before refueling.

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