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Fire mobilization center at Fairchild Air Force Base

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More firefighting resources arrived at Fairchild Air Force Base. More firefighting resources arrived at Fairchild Air Force Base.
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -

Following the Obama Administration's approval of Gov. Inslee's request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new mobilization center has started being built at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.

The mobilization center will be a staging area for 20 large fire engines and 10 water tankers. The center is being managed by a 17-person team from San Diego, while the new fire engines are coming from Utah, Nevada and Arizona and Colorado.

"These new assets will provide an incredible assist for our firefighters throughout Eastern Washington," Inslee said in a release. "With erratic wind conditions and extremely dry fuels, our firefighters need every available resource to manage current fires and respond to new ones."

As of Sunday, there will be 700 members of the Washington National Guard joining thousands of firefighters across the state to fight the fires. National Guard Blackhawk helicopters from Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota will join the helicopters from Washington state to fight the fires. More than 276,000 gallons of water have been poured on the fires from Blackhawk helicopters so far.

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