USNORTHCOM continues wildfire suppression support

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | June 20, 2011

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Four Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command, are supporting firefighting efforts in New Mexico.

Two C-130s from the California Air National Guard and two C-130s from the North Carolina Air National Guard are deployed to Kirtland AFB, N.M., to assist the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) control fires in New Mexico.

As of early Monday morning, DoD aircraft have completed the following in support of the State of New Mexico:

-- 22 air drops

-- App. 50,028 gallons of retardant

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