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DoD Continues Aid in Western Wildfire Fight

From a U.S. Northern Command News Release


PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., August 5, 2014 — Two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command are helping to combat wildfires in the Northwest, Great Basin, and elsewhere at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

Since July 20, DoD aircraft have conducted 67 air drops and discharged more than 119,600 gallons of retardant.

Within the past 24 hours, two airdrops delivered nearly 6,000 gallons of fire retardant at the Midnite Mica Fire in Idaho.

The supporting unit flying the MAFFS mission is the 153rd Airlift Wing of the Wyoming Air National Guard located in Cheyenne.

Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard C-130 aircraft assigned to units in California, Colorado, North Carolina and Wyoming are capable of dropping fire retardant using U.S. Forest Service MAFFS units. Aircrews, maintenance crews and support personnel undergo special NIFC training and certification to perform these missions each year.

U.S. Northern Command, established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, is responsible for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.