SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Combat Readiness Training Center and the 165th Airlift Wing have deployed heavy equipment and airman-operators to the Ware County and Waycross, Ga. to help fight the several fires that made up the Honey Prairie Fire Complex.
The fire began April 30, has burned more than 260,000 acres, including the Okefenokee Swamp and Waycross State Forest, and is 60 percent contained, according to a June 21 update on the incident website for the Honey Prairie Complex fire.
The deployment comes after Gov. Nathan Deal approved the use of the National Guard in the fight to contain and extinguish the forest fires.
Bulldozers and local airmen-operators have joined the contingent of GA Army National Guard personnel deployed to the area assisting the Georgia Forestry Commission in the effort to extinguish the blazes, according to a news release.
The Combat Readiness Training Center regularly trains military units from across the country in the use of heavy equipment of all types for use in rapid runway repair, fires and fire breaks to control fires and surveillance aircraft, according to the 1st Sgt/Combat Readiness Training Center Georgia Air National Guard.