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Tennessee Guardsmen Team Up With Louisiana Responders to Battle State’s Largest Wildfire

A 12-person team of Tennessee guardsmen has deployed to Louisiana in response to the largest wildfire in the state’s history.

Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters headed for Louisiana Monday morning after authorization from Gov. Bill Lee to support state and local emergency responders battling the Tiger Island wildfire burning in Beauregard Parish – which is located just north of Lake Charles and borders Texas.

The Tennessee National Guard says the troops are flying to Esler Regional Airport in Rapides Parish where they will be using Bambi Buckets, a specialized bucket system suspended from the helicopter, to deliver hundreds of gallons of water from the air to fight the wildfires. The Blackhawks will pick up water from nearby water sources and drop it directly on needed areas.

Read more on this story at 13 News 

Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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