Above: Oregon National Guard members received
the same basic training in wildland firefighting
as seasonal firefighters.
ODF served a coordinating role, arranging for troops to get the same basic training as wildland firefighters. Guard members then helped at a number of fires, including the Horse Prairie Fire on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association, the High Cascades Complex, and the state's largest wildfire this year - the Chetco Bar Fire in southwest Oregon.
Above: Mopping up hot spots
on thousands of acres was an important role
filled by Oregon National Guard troops.
Another valuable contribution was that of Oregon Army National Guard helicopters, which attacked wildfires from the air. Two Chinook CH-47 helicopters from Pendleton worked first on the Whitewater Fire in the Willamette National Forest east of Detroit, and later on the Chetco Bar Fire. They dropped enough water on wildfires - more than 1.3 million gallons - to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
At left: Some of the more than 700 Oregon National Guard members who left families and jobs to volunteer on wildfires this summer.