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California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire

 

A critical aspect of fighting a raging wild fire, such as the Carr Fire in Northern California, comes from the skies and onto a sheet of paper.

This is where the California National Guard steps forward to provide a significant firefighting method. A team from the Air National Guard’s 195th Airlift Wing is utilized as a reconnaissance and surveillance unit, providing the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) up-to-date intelligence used to battle the state’s most treacherous blaze this year.

“We’re able to provide real-time eyes on in any area where the fire’s at,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Nicholas Edwards, intelligence analyst manager. “We can provide information to where CAL FIRE can direct resources. We give information to the decision makers in a timely manner.”

The Cal Guard team works side-by-side and on the same table with CAL FIRE analysts who are in-depth with the Carr Fire’s destruction. In about a week it has amassed to nearly 90,000 acres, destroying more than 500 homes and buildings and killing at least six people. Thousands of Redding residents have evacuated, and the blaze still hasn’t been contained.

“Oh, they’re seriously helping us,” said CAL FIRE’s Capt. Robert DeCamp, intelligence officer. “The knowledge they have and the information they provide are critical for us to fight the fire. They have equipment we don’t have and that helps us tremendously.” Read more

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California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire

California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire

California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire

California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire

California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire

California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire

California Guard provides critical intelligence for Carr Fire