Deep in the Rum Creek Fire Complex area, Sgt. Jeremy Hensler conducts a radio check for teammates Staff Sgt. Casey Reed and Spc. Britney Rivera at Road Closure Point #1 near Merlin, Ore. Sept. 2, 2022. Oregon National Guard members support the Rum Creek fire fighting efforts with traffic control, road closure points, and medical air evacuation helicopter assets.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Deep in the Rum Creek Fire Complex area, Sgt. Jeremy Hensler conducts a radio check for teammates Staff Sgt. Casey Reed and Spc. Britney Rivera at Road Closure Point #1 near Merlin, Ore. Sept. 2, 2022. Oregon National Guard members support the Rum Creek fire fighting efforts with traffic control, road closure points, and medical air evacuation helicopter assets. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Mark Carter sits in an HH-60 medevac Black Hawk helicopter on standby for a mission at Medford Airport, Ore., Sept. 2, 2022. The Oregon National Guard members were supporting firefighting efforts at the Rum Creek wildfire.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Mark Carter sits in an HH-60 medevac Black Hawk helicopter on standby for a mission at Medford Airport, Ore., Sept. 2, 2022. The Oregon National Guard members were supporting firefighting efforts at the Rum Creek wildfire. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne) VIEW ORIGINAL
HH-60 MEDEVAC Helicopter Crew in front of their aircraft Sgt. 1st Class Mark Carter, 1st Lt. Conner Breedlove, Chief Warrant Officer Corey Wadsworth, and Spc. Blakely Stone at Medford Airport, Ore. Sept. 2, 2022. Oregon National Guard members support the Rum Creek fire fighting efforts with traffic control, road closure points, and medical air evacuation helicopter assets.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – HH-60 MEDEVAC Helicopter Crew in front of their aircraft Sgt. 1st Class Mark Carter, 1st Lt. Conner Breedlove, Chief Warrant Officer Corey Wadsworth, and Spc. Blakely Stone at Medford Airport, Ore. Sept. 2, 2022. Oregon National Guard members support the Rum Creek fire fighting efforts with traffic control, road closure points, and medical air evacuation helicopter assets. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne) VIEW ORIGINAL

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard has helped support firefighting efforts at the Rum Creek Fire that has burned approximately 17,000 acres in Josephine County.

Fifty-one Guard members have helped secure the area, manning road closure points in the Merlin area since Aug. 29. The Guard also dispatched an HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to the Medford Airport Aug. 31 to help if any firefighters or support staff are injured and need rapid transport for medical treatment.

“We are here in Medford for MEDEVAC standby for the wildland fires and are the dedicated MEDEVAC asset for any of the firefighting crews in the area,” said Chief Warrant Officer Corey Wadsworth, HH-60 pilot.

Teams of Soldiers and Airmen staff road closure points on the smoke-filled roads around the fire’s perimeter.

“We’re just trying to keep everybody safe, keep the bad people out, and let the good people in, that kind of a thing,” said Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Joshua Rose. “The overall experience out here has been great. A lot of the residents have been really appreciative of what we’re doing out here.”

The Oregon National Guard has a history of helping fight wildfires, in keeping with the National Guard motto, “Always Ready, Always There.”

The Oregon Guard has several firefighting crews to support civilian firefighters when needed. Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen are volunteers who typically serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

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