News>Local bases support Black Forest Fire efforts
The Black Forest Fire smolders several miles east of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in this shot taken near the Cadet Chapel June 11, 2013. The fire burned between 7,500 and 8,000 acres the first day, as well as up to 100 homes. More than 5,000 people were evacuated from an additional 1,700 homes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rich Droll)
The Black Forest Fire smolders several miles east of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in this shot taken near the Cadet Chapel June 11, 2013. The fire burned between 7,500 and 8,000 acres the first day, as well as up to 100 homes. More than 5,000 people were evacuated from an additional 1,700 homes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Carol Lawrence)
6/12/2013 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- In accordance with an agreement with Black Forest, an incident management team of nine firefighters and two fire trucks from the Air Force Academy has deployed to fight the Black Forest Fire in northeast Colorado Springs.
The effort to contain the fire, which consumed 7,500 acres June 11, involves hundreds of people from numerous agencies.
Academy Airfield officials have set up a helicopter staging area for two Army CH-47 Chinooks and two UH-60 Black Hawks, which are assigned to Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade.
Peterson Air Force Base has sent ground equipment and personnel to support firefighting efforts. The 302nd Airlift Wing, which uses Peterson AFB's airfield, has assigned two Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft to assist.
Schriever Air Force Base has asked the Ellicott Fire Department to send a vehicle and will send one of its vehicles to assist June 13, a public affairs officer at the base said.
In addition to helicopters, Fort Carson has nine Emergency Services Directorate vehicles and four D7 bulldozers on scene. The bulldozers are cutting fire breaks on the north side of the fire, according to the North American Aerospace Defense and U.S. Northern Command Public Affairs Office.
6/12/2013 3:31:21 PM ET I have a Civil Air patrol cadet who will be at the AFA for a week long encampment starting this Saturday. She is the dependent of a retired service member and has a current DOD issued ID card. If she were to get injured or become sick can she use her Tricare ID card to use the AFA medical clinic on base