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    C-130s Now Available for Fighting Fires in California, Pacific Northwest

    People in Tuolumne County who remember the 2013 Rim Fire may recall seeing prop-driven military C-130s dropping water and retardant on the massive megablaze that started 20 miles east of Sonora and eventually scorched more than 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park.

    The massive, four-engine, converted cargo planes were fighting California fires for decades before the Rim Fire, and they have been fighting many of the Golden State’s largest blazes since then. As the 2022 fire season continues, C-130s may be coming to a fire near you, again.

    Read more at the Union Democrat

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