(WARREN COUNTY, Tenn.) About 25-miles outside of Rutherford County in nearby Warren County, fire officials received help from the National Guard with the containment of a forest fire.
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency worked with the Tennessee National Guard to provide two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to help with the wildfire response in Warren County. One of the first Blackhawk helicopters on the scene was equipped with a Bambi Bucket. Bambi Buckets are a specialized bucket system suspended from a helicopter to deliver water for aerial firefighting. The aircraft made multiple trips into the affected area dropping hundreds of gallons of water from the air onto the blaze. The helicopter picked up water from nearby water sources and transported it directly to the needed sites.
By mid-morning on Tuesday, the fire was approximately 35% contained. Almost exactly 24-hours later on Wednesday morning, Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny advised the Tennessee Department of Forestry had 27 men and women on the scene for the purpose of allowing the fire to burn in place off the rim. While some areas continue to burn, all evacuation recommendations have been lifted.
The Tennessee National Guard is prepared to support Warren County’s firefighting effort for as long as they are needed.
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