SEATTLE Apr 11, 2005 — The Northwest faces what could be one of its worst wildfire seasons in years, but military duty in Iraq means forestry officials might not be able to call on their states' National Guard units as much as they'd like. Wildland fires burned more than 155,000 acres in 2004 across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and this year a preliminary outlook shows above-normal fire potential in the region because of a run of unusually dry weather. 

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has already asked the Pentagon to free up some of his state's 1,500 National Guard soldiers still on active duty because of the war. Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said he couldn't do that, but he promised help from other states if Schweitzer asks for it. U.S. operations in Iraq have stripped Montana of its 12 UH-60 Blackhawks, which played critical roles in 2003 when wildfires in Montana burned more than 736,800 acres. 

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Do you think wildfires have been especially devastating in the past few years, since most of America's National Guard is in Iraq?
SEATTLE Apr 11, 2005 — The Northwest faces what could be one of its worst wildfire seasons in years, but military duty in Iraq means forestry officials might not be able to call on their states` National Guard units as much as they`d like. Wildland fires burned more than 155,000 acres in 2004 across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and this year a preliminary outlook shows above-normal fire potential in the region because of a run of unusually dry weather.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has already asked the Pentagon to free up some of his state`s 1,500 National Guard soldiers still on active duty because of the war. Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said he couldn`t do that, but he promised help from other states if Schweitzer asks for it. U.S. operations in Iraq have stripped Montana of its 12 UH-60 Blackhawks, which played critical roles in 2003 when wildfires in Montana burned more than 736,800 acres.

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17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 4:48:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hadn't thought of it. That could be a nasty mess.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/23/05 - 10:09:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/19/05 - 1:09:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
hopefully not
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/23/05 - 9:24:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
It shouldn't affect it to much. The Forestry department handles most of the actually Fire suppression; with added help from the local FDs. The main thing that will be hurt is the evacuation and SAR operations, which wouldn't be a problem if the people would learn to leave when they are told (Which might be a little hard, if the people of the Northwest are as dumb as the people of New Orleans.)
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/3/06 - 2:52:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/23/2005 9:24:04 PM Txfireman wrote:
It shouldn't affect it to much. The Forestry department handles most of the actually Fire suppression; with added help from the local FDs. The main thing that will be hurt is the evacuation and SAR operations, which wouldn't be a problem if the people would learn to leave when they are told (Which might be a little hard, if the people of the Northwest are as dumb as the people of New Orleans.)

Nicely put.

16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/3/06 - 4:12:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/3/2006 2:50:30 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
Dry weather worries firefighters in Texas, Okla

What does this have to do with the question? The question was in Reference to the Northwest, not the Southwest, and the National Guard, which was never mentioned in this Article.

16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/3/06 - 10:21:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's about wildfires
13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/14/08 - 5:54:02 PM EST (GMT-5)



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