Soldiers Battle Wildfires at Yosemite National Park, Calif.

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Soldiers fly UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to support efforts to battle the Rim fire at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013. The fire started Aug. 17 in a remote section of the Stanislaus National Forest. The soldiers and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters are assigned to the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard. The troops dropped water to fight the blaze. U.S. Army photo photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Flagg
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris Aylstock, Capt. Colton Brauer, Sgt. Chris Boni and Scott Corn, California's fire manager, battle the Rim fire over Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013. Aylstock, Brauer and Boni are assigned to the 1st Battaltion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Wildfires burn as soldiers and airmen fly out to support state and federal efforts to battle the Rim fire at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • A soldiers takes part in battling the Rim wildfire over Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Army Sgt. Chris Boni releases water from over head dousing the Rim fire below near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Smoke billows from wildfires as soldiers and airmen help battle the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers battle the Rim fire over Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug 22, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers battle the Rim wildfire over Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug 22, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers battle the Rim wildfire over Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug 22, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • From left to right, Army Sgt. Chris Boni, Chief Warrant Officer Chris Aylstock, Scott Corn, California's fire manager, and Capt. Colton Brauer pose as they pause from battling the Rim fire over Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug 22, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers battle the Rim fire from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter tows a helicopter bucket filled with water during a mission to support efforts to fight fires at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013. The helicopter is assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter fly to battle the Rim fire at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter battle the Rim fire at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter gather water to battle wildfires at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Battaltion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • A soldier prepares to battle the Rim fire in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013. The soldier is assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • The view from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows fires burning at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey