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National Guard mobilizes troops to help fight forest fires near Crater Lake

Oregon National Guardsmen arrive at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, Monday, August 14, 2017, to attend the refresher firefighter course. More than 100 Airmen and Soldiers will attend the course before deploying to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

SALEM, Ore. - More than 100 Oregon National Guard members activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to fight forest fires will complete their training on Tuesday.

The citizen airmen and soliders will deploy Wednesday to the High Cascade Complex, which includes the Spruce Lake and Blanket Creek fires near Crater Lake.

The National Guard and the Oregon Department of Forestry have a standing agreement known as Operation Plan Smokey detailing how Oregon National Guard members can help fight forest fires.

Helicopter crews from the National Guard have already flown missions on the Whitewater Fire on Mount Jefferson.

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