National Guard helicopters join fight against Whitewater Fire
DETROIT, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard is helping fight the Whitewater Fire on Mount Jefferson with 25 people and two two CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to the fire.
The helicopters are equipped with water buckets capable of carrying nearly 2,000 gallons of water.
The aircraft and personnel are from the 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, based in Pendleton, Oregon.
The Guard mobilized to help after Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to wildfires.