California ANG Joins Wildfire Fight

The California Air National Guard’s 146th Airlift Wing activated two of its C-130Js to join the ongoing wildfire fight in the San Bernardino area, the Pentagon reported Thursday. Each of the aircraft’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System’s “capacity to drop thousands of gallons of water and retardant in just one pass can be a game changer in the effort to keep these fires in check,” said Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general for the California National Guard, according to the article. Firefighters gained ground on the Southern California wildfire Friday, Reuters reported, but it had already burned across more than 35,000 acres since it started Tuesday, forcing about 80,000 people to flee their homes. The airmen joined more than 330 Guard members who were already taking part in the firefighting effort.