PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Two Air Force cargo planes equipped to fight wildfires have flown seven missions and dumped about 12,000 gallons of retardant on blazes in New Mexico.
The Air Force said Friday the C-130s are basing their operations at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. They arrived there Wednesday.
The C-130 aircraft carry a system of pressurized tanks that can dump 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds.
The planes are from the California Air National Guard at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Personnel from the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are overseeing the planes' operations.