EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) - Military officials have identified a plane that crashed while battling a South Dakota forest fire as a C-130 tanker based out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Military spokeswoman Capt. Ruth Castro tells The Associated Press that the tanker made at least two drops of... more »
More than a dozen firefighters from Southern Colorado are heading to Larimer County to join the lines of the High Park Fire. Volunteers and trucks from Colorado Springs, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Canon City and Westcliffe are all working the fire lines as part of a 500 person ground force.
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Two Department of Defense C-130s equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airbome Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) head to fight fires in Texas.
The MAFFSA are special tanks that hold 3000 gallons of fire retardant or water and can discharge the entire load in less than five seconds over an area... more »
Colorado Air Force reservists are in New Mexico ready to start airdrops on wildfires. 26 members of the 302nd Airlift Wing took off Tuesday morning from Peterson Air Force base in Colorado Springs to support firefighting efforts in the southwest.
The departure is also evidence of the size and... more »
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The United States has sent two specially equipped military cargo planes to help battle wildfires in northern Mexico.
The U.S. Northern Command says the C-130 planes were requested by the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department. They left their home base... more »
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Approximately 30 Air Force Reservists and two Modular Airborne Firefighting System equipped C-130 Hercules from Colorado's 302nd Airlift Wing will leave Saturday, April 16 to begin travel to support wildland fires in Northern Mexico, approximately 60 miles south of the Texas border. The MAFFS... more »
Peterson Air Force Base is hosting a first-of-its-kind conference this week, bringing together crews from three different types of massive C-130 cargo planes which are called on by civilian authorities to respond to natural disasters.
The C-130 Spercial Missions Conference is being hosted Wednesday and Thursday by the 302nd... more »
The 302nd Air Lift Wing has just released the following statement;
"The first of approximately 50 Air Force Reservists and two Modular Airborne Firefighting System equipped C-130 Hercules from Colorado's 302nd Airlift Wing will leave here Saturday, Dec. 4 to begin travel to Israel to provide aerial firefighting support.... more »