Four MAFFS-equipped C-130 aircraft providing valuable support on wildfires

Boise, Idaho, August 20, 2020 – Four military C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) continue to provide valuable aerial firefighting support to a number of California wildfires.

The four MAFFS aircraft, two of which were activated in July and two activated earlier this week, have completed 123 retardant drops, including several on the Lake Fire north of Los Angeles and the LNU Lightning Complex in Northern California.

“We’re at our highest level of wildfire preparedness with multiple regions of the country experiencing a significant level of fire activity,” said Kim Christensen, deputy assistant director for operations for the USDA Forest Service. “These aircraft are instrumental in providing increased aerial firefighting capacity on fires across the West.”

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