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N.C. Air Guard C-130s to help fight Calif. wildfires

Posted June 23, 2008

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— The state Air National Guard on Monday sent two C-130 aircraft equipped to work as aerial firefighting tankers over wildfires near Sacramento, Calif., officials said.

Two more C-130s joined them, carrying support personnel and other equipment. All are part of the 145th Airlift Wing based at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The firefighting planes carried gear called the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, which lets them take 3,000 gallons of fire-retardant chemicals aloft and drop it along fire lines by lowering their cargo ramps in flight.

How long the Carolina crews will be in California depends on the firefighting needs, the Guard said.



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  • NCPictures Jun 24, 2008

    Isnt the governor in charge of the Air Guard? Shouldnt he be working on taking care of this state before going off to California???? Hello???? Where is the common sense???

  • d915byrd Jun 24, 2008

    Ask NC Forestry service why they didn't use the C-130's from Charlotte. I bet it's a money issue. Why else would you let thousands of acres burn when you had other resources.

  • wdkanesfan Jun 23, 2008

    Is there a reason why these weren't used on the Hyde Co. fire?

  • lizard Jun 23, 2008

    Let's use those in NC first. Then save CA.