Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has deployed the Wyoming Army National Guard’s G Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment to help assist in the firefighting effort currently ongoing in California.

“Our highly trained and experienced Soldiers continue to be a sword and shield for the state and nation when called upon,” said Maj. Gen. Greg Porter, adjutant general of Wyoming in a National Guard article.

“We have the capability to aid another state in need and provide another resource to California and their citizens to help mitigate the loss of life and property during what is now been characterized as California’s worst fire season on record.”

One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and four crew members left on Sept. 10.

The Black Hawk holds approximately 660 gallons of water that can be dropped on hot spots that are difficult for ground crews to access.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Sheldon