Army Mobilized to Fight Wildfires

Breitbart – by William Bigelow

Firefighters across the Western United States will receive help from the U.S. Army to fight wildfires.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, for the first time since 2006, soldiers will aid the 30,000 firefighters and support crews battling 1.1 million acres ravaged by wildfires. About 200 soldiers from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, Army at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington, split into 10 crews, will attack one of the fires. NPR reports that National Guard troops and four military C-130 cargo planes from McClellan Air Tanker Base in California have already been deployed to fight the blazes.  

Jeff Chiu/APThe fire center in Boise, Idaho, requested the soldiers; a press release from the group mentioned 95 major wildfires in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

The press release quoted Aitor Bidaburu, chair of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) at NIFC, stating:

We are committed to continuing to do everything we can to provide the firefighters, aircraft, engines, and other wildfire suppression assets that Incident Commanders need to protect lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources to suppress the most challenging wildfires we’ve experienced in several years. The U.S. military has been a key partner in wildland firefighting for decades and we greatly appreciate their willingness to provide us with Soldiers to serve as firefighters as well as C-130s equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) to serve as large air tankers to help with wildfire suppression efforts.

In 2006, 550 soldiers from Fort Lewis, Washington, were sent to fight the Tripod Complex Fires at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington.

More firefighters from New Zealand and Australia may be sent to join the soldiers fighting the fires.


10 thoughts on “Army Mobilized to Fight Wildfires

  1. “More firefighters from New Zealand and Australia may be sent to join the soldiers fighting the fires.”

    WTH? From halfway around the world???

  2. Since when do we need the army to fight forest fires and since when do we need people from around the world to help fight them too? Are we that weak? WTF??? Can’t we do anything ourselves anymore? This is an embarrassment to Americans and it’s as if we don’t even care. It’s like we’re living in a Third world country.

    Oh wait…thanks to Barry and the Zionists, we now are.

  3. Am I missing something? Is this not for the National Guard…..where are they? Maybe protecting the poppy fields?

  4. Somebody is setting these god damn fires on purpose to flush out all the people who are living amongst the trees outside the cities. Herding sheep, that’s all it is. Disgusting.

  5. I am a retired fire captain, there are thousands of volunteer firefighters, who stand ready around the whole USA ready to help BUT THEY won’t let them. I called when they had bad fires out in California and didn’t want the help and did not want us in the state at all. . They said NO freelancing and did not care if I was a firefighter. In And near San Diego there was a farmer who let the firefighters use water from his huge pond and the fire chief that came in said no and let the fire burn. Never really got a reason on TV or news as to why they didn’t let the man help out by giving the fire trucks water. Seems the west coast let the forest industry take over all firefighting.There were helicopters that had night vision systems and could have put out one fire that grew into a monster fire but the forest service would not let them cause it was like 45 minutes before sunset and made the military stand down. Recently on the News they showed these army guys using a shovel to dig dirt, and that was it and they will let them go in and fight fires,but not other firefighters. So Something is wrong with the mentality some place. You do not call in firefighters from across the world till you use up the services here. There are thousands of pieces of fire equipment from other cities and states that can come in first and firefighters who would help but they are NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO THE FOREST PEOPLE….

    They call in these groups of firefighters cause they get GOOD MONEY to fight fires.

    1. thank you for posting this ‘first hand account’. It means something. This country is completely f#cked up, even down to the level of fighting a forest fire. Actually, it wouldn’t suprise me if the Feds are starting these fires. What do you think?


  6. 200 soldiers to help with 95 fires?! Like spitting on a fire. I agree with markw, they don’t want help. On the news here in washington state they said a lot of the fires were not being fought because “we don’t have resources,” yet they purposely allow fires to burn and turn away help offered. I am confident that some of the fires are set, as they always are, but many of these are from recent lightning storms we’ve had. It doesn’t help that this is the driest summer I’ve seen in my 65 yrs, and if you do some research there is good evidence that the drought of the west is man made too. Look into the link between chemtrails and drought.

  7. I thought the same thing….It is a little weird that we are paying these guys at higher grades to fight fires.

    Does anyone know what is going on with the f-15’s and helicopters in boise recently? Sure they are working on the landing strip at Mtn home? Don’t they have some crazy fiberoptic cables running out there? Sounds a little fishy to me. Maybe building something underneath the strip or base? I would really love to hear some insight if any. I cannot find any info on what’s really going on.

  8. Before any of the Guard is allowed into the woods to fight the fire, they
    must go through training. By the time they are done training to fight
    the fires, the fires will be out.

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