Colorado Planes to fight California Wildfires

Firefighters battle a wind driven brush fire in Angeles National Forest near Castaic, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. The fast-growing wildfire near Interstate 5 whipped up by 50-mph winds consumed about 100 acres early Sunday amid dry conditions in northeast Los Angeles County, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (AP) Four C-130 cargo planes from Colorado and Wyoming Air Force units are heading to Southern California to fight wildfires.

Two planes are from the 302nd Airlift Wing, a reserve unit at Peterson Air Force base in Colorado Springs.

The other two are from the 153rd Airlift Wing, a Wyoming Air National Guard Unit in Cheyenne.

They're are expected to leave Tuesday. All the planes are equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting Equipment, which converts the planes to aerial tankers.

Last year, the 302nd flew 18 sorties against wildfires in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.