Smoke in the Air [PHOTOS]
Casper Residents have been experiencing heavy smoke for days from the wildfires burning throughout the state. While it’s easy to see the smoke from the ground, it’s a whole new perspective when you view it from the air. K2 Radio’s News Director, Rich Denison, is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol’s 492nd Emergency Services Squadron based at Casper/Natrona County International Airport.
On Sunday, Rich had the opportunity to fly to Camp Guernsey for a CAP exercise, and was able to snap some pictures on the trip from Casper to Guernsey. It’s pretty easy to tell that the smoke is widespread, and covers a vast area of the state.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.