USNORTHCOM continues support to wildfire suppression efforts

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | June 28, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Four Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command, are assisting in efforts to control fires in the Rocky Mountain region at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho.

As of early Thursday morning, DoD aircraft have completed the following:

Waldo Canyon:
-- 34 air drops
-- App. 89,400 gallons of retardant

-- Five (5) air drops
-- App. 13,200 gallons of retardant

The supporting units are the 302nd Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. and the 153rd Airlift Wing Wyoming Air National Guard flying out of Boise International Airport, Idaho.

Content, including the most recent video, news and images in regards to the 2012 wild fires can be found at the following link on the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) site.

For more information, contact USNORTHCOM Public Affairs at 719-554-6889 or 719-304-6097.