Kansas Guard to help fight Colorado fires

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas National Guard helicopters are heading to Colorado to assist crews fighting wildfires.

The adjutant general's department said Tuesday that helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment are being deployed to help fight the fires that have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes.

The fires cover 64 square miles in an area 15 miles from Fort Collins. The fires have already destroyed more than 100 structures.

The Guard's Black Hawk helicopters are equipped with buckets that can carry 660 gallons of water to dump on fires. The water can be scooped from local sources, such as ponds and lakes.

The Kansas soldiers are expected to be deployed as long as 15 days.

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