Peterson Air Force Base
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.
The military has placed helicopters and rescue teams on alert and dispatched medical planners to help cope with the damage from a superstorm on the East Coast.
Wildfires destroyed some 600 homes and burned more than 100,000 acres in Colorado during the past two months and several homeowners contacted 4 On Your Side Investigator Rick Sallinger to ask where the military was when the fires broke out.
President Barack Obama will tour wildfire-stricken Colorado Friday, where thousands of people have been displaced by out-of-control blazes.