Fort Wainwright Helicopters assist in putting out the wildfires

Due to the extreme nature of the fires, the United States Army was also called upon for help.

Three helicopters from 1st Battalion 52nd Aviation Regiment based out of Fort Wainwright have been tasked to help with the mission of putting out the fire.

Two Chinooks and one Blackhawk at this point are on stand-by for the weekend, waiting to assist fire officials.

 As of today the team has already dropped 37 “Bambi Buckets” (as seen in the photo above) of water in and around the area of the wildfire.