Last two firefighting C-130 planes return home

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The last two military C-130 transport planes that have been fighting wildfires around the West have gone home.

Fires are dying down and the U.S. Forest Service says it no longer needs the planes, for now.

This summer was a busy one for the specially equipped planes. All eight planes outfitted with the latest-generation Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System were called into action.

One of two planes operated by a North Carolina National Guard unit crashed in the Black Hills, killing four crew members. The other six firefighting C-130s belong to Guard and Reserve units from Wyoming, California and Colorado.

The last two planes are headed home after fighting fires out of a base in Sacramento, Calif., over the past few weeks. The planes are from North Carolina and California.

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