Idaho National Guard activated for Mustang Fire
Under the disaster declaration issued by Governor Otter, the Idaho Emergency Operations Center has assigned the Idaho National Guard to provide support to the Mustang Fire in northeastern Idaho.
"The mission assignment enables the IDNG to provide checkpoint security personnel who will assist with road closures in the area," according to the Bureau of Homeland Security. "The main body of the force will arrive the afternoon of Saturday, September 1."
The Idaho National Guard now has three missions, which are as checkpoint personnel on the Trinity Ridge fire, helicopter support to all the southwestern Idaho Fires and now to support closures around the Mustang Fire.
"The Mustang Fire and the Eastern Great Basin Coordination Center requested the assistance due to the large number of fires burning across the nation, which has led to a shortage in critical resources," said the Bureau.
Governor Otter’s declaration has also enabled the Idaho Department of Lands to implement their agreement with the Idaho National Guard to activate the guard resources.