HomeNewsArticle Display

Colorado AF reservists fighting California fires from the sky

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing taxis to a reload "pit" to take on nearly 3,000 gallons of fire retardant at McClellan Air Tanker Base in Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 4, 2015. The aircrew received a tasking to provide support to the growing Rocky Fire northwest of Sacramento, which had consumed approximately 65,000 acres as of the morning of Aug. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Stephen J. Collier)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing taxis to a reload "pit" to take on nearly 3,000 gallons of fire retardant at McClellan Air Tanker Base in Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 4, 2015. The aircrew received a tasking to provide support to the growing Rocky Fire northwest of Sacramento, which had consumed approximately 65,000 acres as of the morning of Aug. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Stephen J. Collier)

MCCLELLAN AIR TANKER BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped aircraft arrived here from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 3, to assist in fighting the Rocky Fire northwest of Sacramento, California, the same day.

They joined two Air National Guard MAFFS-equipped C-130J Super Hercules from the 146th Airlift Wing from Channel Islands, California, which had been helping fight the fire since Aug. 1.

"We were flying within a couple hours of arriving here," said Maj. Brian McReynolds, who is a MAFFS aircraft commander for the first time this season.

The Rocky Fire has burned 62,000 acres as of the morning of Aug. 4, and is only 12 percent contained. Thousands of residents have been evacuated so far. The dry, windy conditions could mean an even more dangerous fire if the environment does not improve.

"It was challenging," McReynolds said. "There were multiple fires in one location, smoke, (and) other air traffic."

The first day all four C-130s fought the Rocky Fire, they flew a combined 22 sorties and dropped close to 63,000 gallons of retardant to establish fire containment lines.

According to the Air National Guard mission commander, Maj. Andrew Miller, they are expecting to fly out of McClellan Air Tanker Base for the next several weeks.

The Defense Department MAFFS-equipped C-130s are operated by four military airlift wings: The Wyoming ANG’s 153rd AW; California ANG’s 146th AW; North Carolina ANG’s 145th AW; and the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd AW.

MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system, owned by the U.S. Forest Service. MAFFS can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long and 100-feet wide, according to the Forest Service. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.

The DOD, through U.S. Northern Command at Peterson AFB, provides unique military support to firefighting efforts when requested by the National Interagency Fire Center and approved by the secretary of Defense. The diverse mission assets are prepared to respond quickly and effectively to protect lives, property, critical infrastructure and natural resources, and can include, but are not limited to, MAFFS, military helicopters and ground forces capable of supporting the firefighting efforts.

Engage

Twitter
The Jolly Green II’s developmental test mission will move to the Combat Search and Rescue Combined Test Force for f… https://t.co/los9uwJjqN
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Grateful to visit another Wing and Group Commander’s Course near @MaxwellAFB this week. The time spent with these leaders…
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: Reserve recruiter uses #TotalForce idea sharing to get big results on social media #ReserveReady #ReserveRecruits #TFI ht…
Twitter
“A modern #AirForce requires us to process and share data faster than a competitor, and that's what the Advanced Ba… https://t.co/j9Kxt62j6V
Twitter
Another great week of #AirPower in action! Which Week in Photos is your favorite and why? Check out the rest here:… https://t.co/qksLpIb7WR
Twitter
“Together we have been able to reinforce our strong partnership with the #AirForce by going out and visiting these… https://t.co/SfZNCwryKb
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Where do I sign up, TSgt Munoz Case? I’m ready to change the world with you! #bettertogether https://t.co/6BLHH5GZKB
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: “We, the @USAirForce & @SpaceForceDoD, have a terrific story to tell...meeting #Airmen & #Guardians to see where they li…
Twitter
“This award reflects the wing’s culture of critical self-assessment and significant investment in full-spectrum rea… https://t.co/csZpCTa8tH
Twitter
Service members assigned to Andersen Air Force Base and @USMC Base @MCBcampblaz have partnered with the @StateDepthttps://t.co/FSMB2xGuXU
Twitter
Beginning April 19th, the @DeptofDefense will make COVID-19 Vaccine appointments available to all who are authorize… https://t.co/7bofo3TmnQ
Twitter
The @DeptofDefense’s desired outcome for the Arctic is a secure and stable region. @HQAirUniversity is seeking jour… https://t.co/fyflQtyHtj
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Collecting, processing & sharing data faster than a competitor provides a decisive advantage. The Advanced Battle Manage…
Twitter
Purple Up! Today, everyone is encouraged to wear purple to show support for military children who overcome so many… https://t.co/ibXSWprtai
Twitter
.@Team_Tinker, @HillAFBUtah and @366FW #Airmen participated in the Exercise Agile Thunder 21-02, designed to sharpe… https://t.co/kvRhWgb1Ig
Twitter
Happy Birthday Air Force Reserve! The @usafreserve's mission is to provide combat-ready forces to fly, fight and… https://t.co/S0gU4oBfaO
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: In honor of #NationalWeldingMonth we salute our experts across the command who keep our platforms and systems #mission ready!…
Twitter
“This change will improve @Andrews_JBA’s ability to build multi-capable Airmen now and into the future as we work t… https://t.co/YfXlpIiY20
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,342,522
Follow Us