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Twelve Minnesota National Guard soldiers assisting fire suppression near Nimrod, Minn.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9

ST PAUL, Minn - At the direction of Gov Mark Dayton, two Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with aircrew, maintenance and fuel support teams are assisting the ongoing efforts to control the fire near Nimrod, Minn, today


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"Due to the low precipitation levels this past year, we anticipated there may be a request for our help in assisting with fire suppression efforts," said Army Maj Scott J Rohweder, chief of operations for the Joint Operations Center, Minnesota National Guard

"We're working closely with the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center and Department of Natural of Resources to manage support requests," said Rohweder

"Amy Aviation Support Facilities from St Cloud and St Paul, Minn, provided aircraft," said Army Capt Marc L Rassler, liaison officer for the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division "Aircraft departed at 10 am today and arrived at Staples Municipal Airport, Staples, Minn A total of 12 soldiers are supporting the fire suppression efforts"

"We refreshed our water bucket training last week at Camp Ripley during their controlled burns," said Rassler "This provided an opportunity for realistic training and working with agencies such as the DNR"

According to the Minnesota Incident Command System, the fire is more than 1,400 acres in size

View photos on Facebook of Minnesota National Guard Black Hawks conducting training at Camp Ripley on April 5: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a40014191666548097677170829766263364&type=1

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at ngmnpublicaffairs@ngarmymil or call 651-282-4410

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