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Wyoming Air Guard sends crew to help fight Colorado wildfires



A Wyoming Air National Guard airman looks on as crews install a modular airborne firefighting system (MAFFS) on a C-130 Thursday, July 5. A C-130 and its crew were activated to assist with battling wildfires in Colorado.

CHEYENNE - Airmen with the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing were hard at work preparing for a deployment last week.

They weren't going to a combat zone, nor were they training for it.

The 153rd was preparing to help battle wildfires in Colorado.

Since the 1970s, the U.S. Forest Service has partnered with the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard to help fight fires. Wyoming's Air Guard unit flies C-130 cargo aircraft. A typical combat mission can involve troop transport or even flying armored vehicles to various areas.

But when civilian aerial firefighting assets run o...

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