Up to five new air tankers will soon be available for fighting fires thanks to a provision in the most recent version of the Farm Bill.
The idea of a state-owned firefighting air tanker fleet is still grounded as funding and support for the project remain lacking.
After being activated in June for the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, and other western wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service is releasing the U.S. military C-130 MAFFS fleet from service.
Air Force C-130’s equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System will continue to fight western wildfires. To date, they have dropped over 1.2 million gallons of fire retardant according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 12:05 pm
The view from space is amazing.
But perhaps even more impressive is the view from the cockpits of California Air National Guard as crews battle the huge Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park.