Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
State of Utah
Office of the Governor
Salt lake City, Utah
Gary R. Herbert
Contact: Lisa Roskelley
Office (801) 538-1503 Cell (801) 560-0137
Governor Huntsman Activates Utah National Guard to Neola Fire
100 Guardsmen to Support Law Enforcement
Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has tasked the Utah National Guard to provide
limited support to state and federal authorities in response to the Neola Fire in Duchesne and
Approximately 100 soldiers from Utah Army National Guard Engineer units will provide support
to law enforcement at selected road-closure checkpoints and campground evacuation sites in
threatened areas. Soldiers are expected to arrive at their posts Monday.
This call-up is the first significant official activation of Utah Guard troops to support a state
emergency since January 2005 when Soldiers were dispatched to Stockton and St. George, Utah,
to assist with flood response in those areas.
The Utah National Guard works regularly with State agencies to prepare for this and many other
types of emergencies. Because of its dedicated members, leaders and versatile capabilities, it
provides a responsive, well-trained and well-equipped force to assist civil authorities in helping
keep our citizens safe.
Media Notes: For more information on Guard support to the Neola Fire effort, please contact
Maj. Hank Mclntire at (801) 716-9052.