- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead has activated a Wyoming Army National Guard helicopter and its crew to help firefighters battling wildfires in the state of Washington.

The Black Hawk helicopter will be made available for medical evacuations for 12 days.

Washington will cover the cost of the deployment.

Wyoming has had a relatively quiet wildfire season. But that’s not been the case in the Northwest, where fires are raging.

Two Wyoming Air National Guard tankers also have been activated to fight fires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and California.

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