CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)  – Gov. Jared Polis has verbally authorized the Colorado National Guard (CONG) to assist during the wildfires affecting Colorado.

Cameron Peak Fire, Aug. 19, 2020 (credit: Korey Buck)

At the request of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), a Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter aircrew is on standby at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Training Site (HAATS) in Gypsum. It will be available to provide a search and rescue capability to incident commanders.

“The Black Hawk is equipped with a hoist that can help to quickly evacuate firefighters and residents, saving lives,” officials stated.

The SEOC also requested that the CONG provide about 30 Soldiers to establish 24/7 traffic control points to assist the Larimer County Sheriff to restrict unauthorized access to the Cameron Peak Fire area of operations.

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The CONG’s Mobile Testing and Training teams are also available to provide COVID-19 testing to wildland firefighting teams. About 40 CONG members are on duty with Task Force Test Support to conduct testing at facilities at the request of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“Whether it’s the fight against COVID or the fight against drought-induced wildfires, Colorado’s National Guard is ready to rise to the challenge to help our communities,” said Gov. Polis. “We are thankful to the Guardsmen and women for their support during this challenging time.”

CONG planners are also supporting local emergency operation centers in Colorado communities that the state has designated during the state’s COVID-19 response.

Anica Padilla

Comments (3)
  1. Nick says:

    Make no mistake about it folks we have one sorry governor. He failed to protect Colorado from the destruction of these protest he failed failed failed some more nanny wants to enforce some facemask deal I don’t understand worries coming from but then again he’s also the one that wanted dispensers put in our public library‘s so the drug addicts would have a place to put their needles who side are you ongovernor

  2. Nick says:

    I see governor polis can activate the National Guard to fight fires but can’t activate the National Guard to stop the destruction of our city by protesters and Black Lives Matter. So-called governor it’s really funny that you choose what laws to enforce. For example you fail to enforce our immigration laws but then you want to enforce face mask you are nothing but a sorry loser of a democrat governor

  3. TomTancredoFan says:

    Gov. Jared Polis has verbally authorized the Colorado National Guard (CONG) to assist during the wildfires affecting Colorado. Too bad Obergruppenfuhrer Polis couldn’t authorize the Colorado National Guard (CONG) to assist during the riot fires affecting Colorado. He could’ve activated the Stop Egregious Obnoxious Criminals (SEOC) protocol. The Halt Anti-American Terroristic Socialism (HAATS) directive should have been implemented also.

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