National Guard Members, Soldiers Battle Black Forest Fire

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • The Colorado National Guard, soldiers from Fort Carson and the Air Force Reserve are among the military personnel helping to battle the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. The wildfire has burned hundreds of homes and thousands of acres since it began June 11, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • An Air Force Academy firefighter cuts down a tree in an attempt to control the spread of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt
  • Air Force Academy firefighters battle a hotspot in the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. A total of 16 personnel and five vehicles from the Academy have deployed to fight the fire, which has burned hundreds of homes and consumed thousands of acres. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt
  • A U.S. flag hangs in front of a burning structure  in the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt
  • The reflection of the Black Forest fire can be seen from the helmet of the crew chief of a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard, as crews prepare to perform a water drop while battling the fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • A member of the Colorado National Guard gets an aerial view of the Black Forest fire from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing water drops in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. Crews from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., make the drops using Bambi Buckets which carry up to 500 gallons of water. They are able to make more than 20 drops before refueling.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members collect water in a Bambi Bucket from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing water drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members collect water in a Bambi Bucket from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing water drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members in a Black Hawk helicopter submerge a Bambi Bucket to collect watern while performing drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members perform a water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Military personnel fly over the flames from the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard performs a water drop while fighting the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members perform a water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members in a Black Hawk helicopter fly over the fire damage after performing a water drop on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members refill their Bambi Bucket from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing water drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members perform another water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members perform another water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members complete a water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members perform another water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members perform a water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members complete a water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members complete a water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members perform another water drop while helping to battle the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June, 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members get an aerial view of the fire damage from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members get an aerial view of the fire damage from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members get an aerial view of the fire damage from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard members get an aerial view of the fire damage from a Black Hawk helicopter while performing drops on the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • A CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Fort Carson, Colo., flies over buildings near the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. Helicopters from the Colorado National Guard and the Army assist the battle against the wildfire by performing water drops using Bambi Buckets which can carry up to 2,000 gallons of water at a time. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • A CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Fort Carson, Colo., flies near the Black Forest fire while doing water drops on the wildfire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • A CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Fort Carson, Colo., performs water drops over the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet