PLANES READY FOR WESTERN WILD­FIRES

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C-130s from Wy­oming, Ne­vada and Colorado that are equipped to bat­tle wild­fires have been ac­ti­vated to fight wild­fires in the western U.S.

The three large air­craft will be sta­tioned in Fresno, Calif.

Cur­rently the ac­ti­va­tion is sched­uled to last one month but can be changed.

Lt. Col. Todd Davis of the 187th Air­lift Squadron in Wy­oming says the C-130 will fly as low as 150 feet above the ground while on wild­fire mis­sions.

The planes can discharge up to 3,000 gal­lons of wa­ter or fire re­tar­dant in less than 5 sec­onds and cover an area one-quar­ter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is dis­charged, it can be re­filled in less than 12 min­utes.

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