A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk dumps 660 gallons of water from a "Bambi Bucket" on a wild fire raging in Minnewaska State Park, Ulster County, New York on April 21. The fire, which erupted on Thursday, April 17, consumed 3,100 acres, making it the largest such fire in New York in 13 years.
Army National Guard aviation assets responded to a State Emergency Management Office request for assistance on Saturday, April 19, when one Blackhawk helicopter flew 37 water dump missions. On Sunday April 20, and Monday April 21, two Blackhawks responded, flying 14 water missions each day.
A New York Army National Guard OH-58 recon helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging device was also used to identify fire hot spots for targeted drops.
Helicopters from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Police also participated in the fire-fighting mission.
DMNA Press Releases
NY National Guard In the News
WRGB -- Thu, 25 May 2017 New York National Guard marks Memorial Day with ceremony LATHAM, NY (WRGB)--National Guardsmen gathered Wednesday to honor New Yorkers who made the ultimate sacrifice, ahead of this Memorial Day weekend.
Greece Post -- Wed, 24 May 2017 Greece soldier takes command of National Guard unit Lt. Col. Michael Fowler, of Greece, recently took command of the 153rd Troop Command in the New York Army National Guard.
Democrat and Chronicle -- Tue, 23 May 2017 Webster resident rises to brigadier general Joseph Biehler, a Webster resident who has served in the New York Army National Guard for 30 years, has been promoted to brigadier general.