Northcom Continues Fire Suppression Efforts
From a U.S. Northern Command News Release
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., June 27, 2012 Four Defense Department 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 put out fires in Colorado at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
As of early this morning, DOD aircraft had completed 23 airdrops at the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, dropping about 59,900 gallons of retardant on the blaze. Five airdrops had released about 13,200 gallons of retardant on the Flagstaff Fire near Boulder.
The supporting units are the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, based here, and the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, flying out of Boise International Airport in Idaho.
MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.