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159th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers take part in Wildland Firefighting exercise


159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell, KYFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionAt Lake Kyle on Friday, Members of Company B, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, part of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell conducted Wildland Firefighting Training. Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade are currently part of the reaction force for National Wildland Firefighting. The Soldiers must be prepared to respond to a Presidential directive to support civilian agencies, including the National Interagency Fire Center located in Boise, Idaho, which coordinates the national response to wildfires.

Currently in the United States there are 52 ongoing large wildfires affecting 901,215 acres. This number includes 4 in Alaska, 4 in Arizona, 7 in Colorado, 1 in Hawaii, 3 in Idaho, 8 in Montana, 3 in Nevada, 3 in New Mexico, 1 in North Carolina, 2 South Dakota, 2 in Tennessee, 6 in Utah, 2 in Virginia, and 5 in Wyoming. With the number of fires ongoing aviation assets are being stretched thin.

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