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Colorado sends second MAFFS C-130 to California

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Colorado is sending more help to California to support the ongoing fire fighting efforts in the Western part of the country.

The Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing sent a second MAFFS C-130 to Fresno Air Tanker Base Thursday. The wing has been supporting the U.S. Forest Service request for assistance with one MAFFS C-130 since July 30.  

"It's been an active six weeks for our MAFFS crews and support personnel - our Air Force reservists are trained and ready to provide additional support. MAFFS 2 and its crew will contribute to the overall team efforts and work in support of fire suppression in the Western U.S.," said Col. James DeVere, commander of the 302nd Airlift Wing.

The initial request for help in the form of three MAFFS came July 27th and has remained unchanged. As of September 5 the C-130s have made 266 drops disbursing 713,625 gallons of retardant to aid in the suppression of more than a dozen fires.

The U.S. Forest Service owns the self-contained aerial firefighting system. The planes can drop 3,000 gallons of water in less than five seconds covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. They can refill in less than 12 minutes.

The MAFFS-equipped C-130s are operated by four military airlift wings: The 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard; 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard; and the 302nd Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve Command. All four wings have supported operations at Fresno Tanker Base since the July activation of MAFFS.

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