Reserve and NG Firefighting C-130s Return from a Busy Season

After being activated on June 11, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130s outfitted with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System and their crews have returned to their home missions, after fighting the forest fires near Yosemite National Park in California.

MilitaryTimes.com notes that since their activation 3 months ago, these crews have flown over 572 missions and made 535 drops with a total of 1,375,981 gallons of fire retardant on fires in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California and Nevada.

The crews and their specially-modified C-130s will remain on call, but since the wildfire season is coming to a close and more civilian fire-suppression aircraft are available, the need for the military aircraft is much less.

You can watch a video of what it's like to practically fly into a fire in this video by Lt. Col. Bryan Allen of the 146th Airlift Wing: