In the fight to contain and extinguish wildfires across Central and Southwest Louisiana, the Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) and multiple Army National Guard soldiers from across the country have come to the aid of local firefighters in Vernon and Beauregard Parishes.
As of Thursday, 467 soldiers from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama are actively running relief operations alongside the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and local officials. Engineers are working to bulldoze wildfire sites, preventing the spread of fires. Meanwhile, pilots are running water missions, using large buckets, called a ‘Bambi Bucket,’ to scoop water from local water sources and dump it on hot spots.
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