Northern Command Reports on Firefighting Efforts
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2003 As Defense Department aircraft and crews continue their efforts in helping to battle the California wildfires, U.S. Northern Command officials reported today that in 48 missions through Oct. 29, the aircraft had dispersed 129,600 gallons of fire retardant.
C-130s from Air National Guard wings in California, North Carolina and Wyoming and an Air Force Reserve wing in Colorado - all equipped with the Mobile Air Firefighting System - are participating. Helicopters equipped with fire-supression buckets from a Marine base in California also are supporting the effort.
DoD announced today that it will send a 560-member "firefighting battalion" to join the effort on or about Nov. 3.
(Compiled from a U.S. Northern Command news release.)