Some of Oregon’s Helicopters That Would Be Used to Fight Wildfires Are Deployed to Afghanistan

Six of the military helicopters operated by the Oregon National Guard are unavailable to help fight the wildfires currently raging throughout the state because they were sent to Afghanistan earlier this year.

The CH-47 Chinook helicopters, which can be used to perform aerial water drops during wildfires, traveled to Fort Hood, Texas, for training in May along with an estimated 60 members of the Oregon National Guard’s Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment. The six aircraft…

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