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2 Wyoming air tankers in Idaho to fight wildfires

Jul. 21, 2014 - 02:17PM   |  
A view of the Whiskey Complex wildfire in southwest Idaho is seen July 18.
A view of the Whiskey Complex wildfire in southwest Idaho is seen July 18. (U.S. Forest Service / AP)
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CHEYENNE, WYO. — Two military air tankers from Wyoming are in Boise to help fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

The Air Expeditionary Group said Monday that two C-130’s from the 153rd Airlift Wing were in place and ready to fight fires.

The planes are equipped with a large device called the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS. They can drop 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds.

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