U.S. Northern Command aircraft assist with firefighting in California

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | October 25, 2007

CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Calif. – At the request of the local incident commander Wednesday afternoon, five Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System flew their first missions in support of the California wildfires.

The aircraft, under operational control of U.S. Northern Command, were tasked to attack the Poomacha fire burning in San Diego County. The five aircraft came from three units; the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo, 153rd Airlift Wing, Cheyenne, Wyo., and the 145th Airlift Wing from Charlotte, N.C. All aircraft successfully completed their missions and have returned to base. Operations will resume Thursday morning.