Guardsmen Continue Wildfire Fight

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Soldiers load a 660-gallon Bambi bucket onto a truck in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the California National Guard, which is helping California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fight wildfires. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • Soldiers load a 660-gallon Bambi bucket onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • An Army pilot reads a map to help navigate back to the Lodge Fire after dropping equipment off for wildfire missions near Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014. The pilot is assigned to the California National Guard. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • A California Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is stationed at the Lodge Helibase in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 5, 2014. Guardsmen are using the helicopter to fight wildfires. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Ben Schlener conducts a preflight inspection on a Black Hawk helicopter in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. Schlener is a pilot assigned to the California Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris Good conducts a preflight inspection of the rear rotor blades on a Black Hawk helicopter in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. Good is a pilot assigned to the California Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • Soldiers repair a Bambi bucket in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. The soldiers are mechanics assigned to the California Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • Members of a Black Hawk helicopter crew coordinate filling a Bambi bucket in Mendocino National Forest, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
  • A Black Hawk helicopter carrying a Bambi bucket lands at the Lodge Helibase after fighting wildfires in the Mendocino National Forest in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush