National Guard increasing active duty support for fires in Montana

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana National Guard is adding 25 personnel to state active duty to provide logistics and security support to the Lolo Complex Fire burning southwest of Missoula.

Beginning Tuesday, a 20 person hand crew will aid in the Alder Creek Fire located southwest of Butte.

On Wednesday, the CH-47 crew located in Helena and the UH-60 crew located in Billings will rotate in new personal to continue helicopter water bucket operations to aid the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).