In Great Falls Montana, and the surrounding regions, the out of control raging Lolo Peak wildfires have spread to over 35,000 acres across the region.
Governor Steve Bullock of Montana issued an executive order declaring the fires as a State of Emergency earlier this month as efforts to combat and repel the spreading inferno have been futile.
It has cost around $28 million dollars this month alone on attempting to fight the spread of the wildfires, with around $100 million being spent since the beginning of the year in Montana to fight such infernos.
At least 1,200 emergency fire responders are actively battling the blazes on any given day, and now the Governor believes it's time to use the Air National Guard to try and assist in their efforts.
The Montana Air National Guard (MANG) is set to issue 60 of their finest at the Great Falls International Airport tomorrow, in hopes they can be the tool necessary to win this fight.
120th AW Installation Deployment Officer Captain Elizabeth Hewett said that having the ability to help Montana when there is a need for their service is what makes being in the Guard unique.
“Part of being a guardsman at the 120th Airlift Wing is not only to participate in overseas contingency operations but to also support domestic operations in the state of Montana as well,” Hewett said.
“The guardsmen at the 120th Airlift Wing take pride in their state and are willing to combat wildfires in whatever capacity necessary to get the mission done," Hewett added.
We wish these brave men and women the best during their efforts to secure the existence of Montana’s beautiful forestry in this time of great hardship. Godspeed MANG.
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