26 Jun '12, 11pm

Air Force teams work to tame Colorado wildfires

Air Force teams work to tame Colorado wildfires

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) -- An Air Force team from the active duty, Air National Guard, the Air Reserve and the Air Force Academy have mobilized to help fight the quickly spreading Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., that has burned more than 3,500 acres. The request for assistance from the National Interagency Fire Center to the Department of Defense requested four C-130 air tankers capable of transporting and employing Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems or MAFFS, along with appropriate command and control and support personnel to assist in fire fighting. Two MAFFS-equipped aircraft from the 153rd Airlift Wing of the Wyoming Air National Guard have joined similar C-130s from the 302nd Airlift Wing based at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs. Three MAFFS-equipped C-130s began their first day of operations, dropping retardant to mitigate fires...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123307563

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