Oregon firefighting helicopters deployed in Afghanistan as state battles wildfires

As Oregon battles the worst wildfires in living memory, more than half of the state’s National Guard helicopters are unavailable to help fight the fires as they are deployed in Afghanistan. Helicopters are crucial tools in fighting large fires as they can efficiently move people and water about to help contain a blaze. The Oregon National Guard has a fleet of Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks, but the six Chinooks have all been in Afghanistan since May, Vice reports.

MSN Oregon firefighting helicopters deployed in Afghanistan as state battles wildfires