USNORTHCOM lends support for California wildfires

Release No: UNRELEASED Sept. 22, 2014 PRINT | E-MAIL
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Northern Command will support wildfire suppression efforts in California and the Northwest Geographic Area, Sept. 22, at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho by providing two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS).


The supporting unit flying the MAFFS mission is the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard located at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, C.A.

Previously, we reported the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard out of Charlotte, N.C. would be the supporting unit flying the MAFFS mission, but the unit has since changed.

USNORTHCOM provides DOD capabilities for disaster response operations in support of the Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency / National Interagency Fire Center, state and local officials and continues to closely monitor wildfires to anticipate requests for DOD assistance.

Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard C-130 aircraft assigned to units in California, Colorado, North Carolina and Wyoming are capable of dropping fire retardant using U.S. Forest Service MAFFS units.  Aircrews, maintenance crews and support personnel undergo special NIFC training and certification to perform these missions each year.