Air Force Reservists Fight Mexico Wildfire

Air Force Reservists Fight Mexico Wildfire

17 April 2011

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Mexico / USA — A group of 30 Air Force reservists are helping out with fires burning in Northern Mexico. The group with the 302nd Airlift wing left Saturday morning for Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas.

The group is equipped with C-130 Hercules aircraft and will air-drop fire retardant chemicals onto the wildfires. The aircraft can drop up to 3,000 gallons of suppressant or fire retardant on each mission.

The U.S. Northern Command says the C-130 planes were requested by the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department. Several fires have been burning since mid-March, scorching 245,000 acres. It’s burning about 60 miles south of the Texas – Mexico border.

This isn’t the group has deployed for international assistance, They were called for duty in mid-December when a large wildfire devastated parts of Israel.

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