National Guard helicopters training at Alpine Airport |

National Guard helicopters training at Alpine Airport

Staff Reports
An Army National Guard Sikorsky UH-60 drops a 660 gallon load of water during fire training at the Markleeville Airport at last year's fire training.
Brad Coman |

Helicopters flew into the Alpine County Airport on Monday to participate in the annual Joint Cooperative Fire Suppression Training Event co-hosted by the Nevada Army Guard and the Nevada Division of Forestry.

A record year for precipitation has put on a bumper crop of cheat grass and other quickly drying fuels that could feed wildfires during the summer.

“In advance of what promises to be a challenging fire suppression season, this training aims to improve interagency crew cooperation and interaction, especially communication between ground and air crews,” according to National Guard spokesman Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka. “The event will feature several scenarios that mirror actual response conditions and requirements. The training site in California also highlights the interstate cooperation of Nevada and its neighboring states during fire season.”

The training featured water bucket training drops by Nevada Army Guard helicopters.