MAFFS air tankers conclude assignment in southwest

MAFFS air tankers conclude assignment in southwest
C-130 MAFFS air tanker helping to protect the ruins in Frijoles Canyon on the Las Conchas fire, June 27, 2011. Photo: Jayson Coil

After almost a month, flying 242 sorties and dropping over 609,000 gallons of retardant on fires in the southwest, the military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped aircraft have concluded their assignment, due at least in part to the monsoons returning to the area. Four were activated on June 15 and dropped over a half million gallons of retardant until two were released on July 7. The remaining two continued working out of Albuquerque, NM until their assignment ended on July 13.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.