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California National Guard helps fight wildfires

U.S. Army Spc. Maria Medina, a California Army National Guard soldier with Pittsburg-based 870th Military Police Company, blocks traffic from entering Healdsburg, California, Oct. 28, 2019, after an evacuation order was given to multiple towns near the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Johnson)

U.S. Army Spc. Maria Medina, a California Army National Guard soldier with Pittsburg-based 870th Military Police Company, blocks traffic from entering Healdsburg, California, Oct. 28, 2019, after an evacuation order was given to multiple towns near the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Airman Cody Daffron, assigned to the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing, finalizes the installation of a generator at Camp Ghilotti, in Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 30. Airmen from around California have converged on the Ghilotti Construction site to set up up the Disaster Relief Beddown System that will serve as the home base of California Guardsmen supporting state and local agencies battling the Kincade Fire. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel)

U.S. Air Force Airman Cody Daffron, assigned to the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing, finalizes the installation of a generator at Camp Ghilotti, in Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 30. Airmen from around California have converged on the Ghilotti Construction site to set up up the Disaster Relief Beddown System that will serve as the home base of California Guardsmen supporting state and local agencies battling the Kincade Fire. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel)

ARLINGTON, Va -- The California National Guard is working in the air and on land to help California's Department of Forestry and Fire (CAL FIRE) battle wildfires threatening thousands of homes and people in the state.

More than 875 California Guard members are providing logistical, technical, security and wildland firefighting support. The Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen are primarily focusing efforts on the Kincade, Getty, Tick and Easy Fires.

With dry and windy conditions, CAL FIRE reported 10 active wildfires in Northern and Southern California and mandatory evacuations in Sonoma and Los Angeles Counties. More than half a million customers were without electricity as utilities turned off power to reduce fire risk.

California Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated Oct. 25 and committed 10 aircraft to fight fires from the air and provide logistical support.

Assistance by the California Guard includes fire mapping operations, damage assessment, communications support, providing security, power generation and traffic control along with dropping more than 78,000 gallons of water on fires so far in 96 drops.

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