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Firefighting airplanes prepped for season

Posted at 11:40 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 18:02:30-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The summer wildfire season is quickly approaching and firefighters are getting ready now to protect our communities.

This week at Peterson Air Force Base modified C-130s known as MAFFS, or modular airborne firefighting systems, are being prepared for use.

The planes are equipped with a firefighting system that allows them to drop large amounts of fire retardant to protect homes, property and land.

The C130s are a joint effort between the U.S. Forest Service and The Department of Defense.

The Forest Service is anticipating a late fire season this year through most of the region due to above-average snowpack and plentiful moisture so far this spring.