Peterson Air Force Base
A military firefighting plane from Colorado will help battle wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Colorado Springs to visit military installations.
Crews gained the upper hand on the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history Saturday and had more than half the blaze contained as officials prepared to lift mandatory evacuation orders.
Part of the federal response to the Black Forest Fire is the huge role the military has played in battling the fire.
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.
Federal and military resources have joined the wildfires fight much more quickly compared to the wildfires last year.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating its 55th anniversary.
The Colorado economy could lose more than $48 million in wages over the next few months if automatic spending cuts take effect and the military puts civilian employees on intermittent furloughs without pay, a Colorado Springs business official said Thursday.
Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.
Volunteers have pulled on their Santa hats, and are answering phone lines and monitoring wall-size tracking screens as NORAD Tracks Santa begins its 57th annual goodwill mission.