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Maintenance crew from the 146th Airlift Wing prep a C-130J Super Herc equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting System II (MAFFS) July 1, 2012 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. They are deployed there as a joint effort with several other MAFFS units to assist with the firefighting in the Rocky Mountain Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Maintenance crew from the 146th Airlift Wing prep a C-130J Super Herc equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting System II (MAFFS) July 1, 2012 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. They are deployed there as a joint effort with several other MAFFS units to assist with the firefighting in the Rocky Mountain Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

MAFFS 8, a C130-H from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C. taxis out to return home on July 3, 2012 from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. The 145th Airlift Wing lost MAFFS 7 in a fatal accident July 1, 2012 fighting fires in South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

MAFFS 8, a C130-H from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C. taxis out to return home on July 3, 2012 from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. The 145th Airlift Wing lost MAFFS 7 in a fatal accident July 1, 2012 fighting fires in South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Senior Master Sgt. Dominic Caldwell prepares a C130-J equipped with MAFFS II (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System)  for flight. MAFFS operations resumed July 3, 2012 in support of the U.S. Forest Service on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Senior Master Sgt. Dominic Caldwell prepares a C130-J equipped with MAFFS II (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) for flight. Firefighting operations resumed July 3, 2012 in support of the U.S. Forest Service at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) operations resumed yesterday morning, out of Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing joined the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, in supporting firefighting operations in the Rocky Mountain area.
MAFFS flights were placed on hold Sunday night, July 1, to give MAFFS personnel time to "reflect and reset" after the accident involving a C-130 from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C.
A C-130 from the 145th Airlift Wing equipped with MAFFS crashed early evening July 1 while fighting fires in the Black Hills of South Dakota. That crash was the first in the 40-year history of the MAFFS program. Four people were killed and two were injured.
North Carolina's Air National Guard unit had sent out two C-130-H model aircraft along with support personnel and aircrew to fight the wildland fires June 30, 2012. Members returned home to Charlotte yesterday morning to be with friends and family and mourn the loss of their fellow Airmen.
Six C-130s equipped with MAFFS remain activated to support U.S. Forest Service. Two C-130-Js are from the 146th Airlift Wing in Channel Islands, Calif., two C-130-Hs are from the 153rd Airlift Wing in Cheyenne, Wyo., and two C-130-Hs are from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The California wing has been supporting the U.S. Forest Service in fighting fires since June 30, 2012, in the Rocky Mountain region. Although it has been stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, it will relocate to Cheyenne, Wyo., tomorrow to continue to meet the needs of the U.S. Forest Service.
MAFFS is a joint Department of Defense and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private airtankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the forest service.
MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the U.S. Forest Service that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.

MAFFS operations resume

Maintenance crew from the 146th Airlift Wing prep a C-130J Super Herc equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting System II (MAFFS) July 1, 2012 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. They are deployed there as a joint effort with several other MAFFS units to assist with the firefighting in the Rocky Mountain Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Maintenance crew from the 146th Airlift Wing prep a C-130J Super Herc equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting System II (MAFFS) July 1, 2012 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. They are deployed there as a joint effort with several other MAFFS units to assist with the firefighting in the Rocky Mountain Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

MAFFS 8, a C130-H from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C. taxis out to return home on July 3, 2012 from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. The 145th Airlift Wing lost MAFFS 7 in a fatal accident July 1, 2012 fighting fires in South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

MAFFS 8, a C130-H from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C. taxis out to return home on July 3, 2012 from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. The 145th Airlift Wing lost MAFFS 7 in a fatal accident July 1, 2012 fighting fires in South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Senior Master Sgt. Dominic Caldwell prepares a C130-J equipped with MAFFS II (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System)  for flight. MAFFS operations resumed July 3, 2012 in support of the U.S. Forest Service on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Senior Master Sgt. Dominic Caldwell prepares a C130-J equipped with MAFFS II (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) for flight. Firefighting operations resumed July 3, 2012 in support of the U.S. Forest Service at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) operations resumed yesterday morning, out of Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing joined the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, in supporting firefighting operations in the Rocky Mountain area.
MAFFS flights were placed on hold Sunday night, July 1, to give MAFFS personnel time to "reflect and reset" after the accident involving a C-130 from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C.
A C-130 from the 145th Airlift Wing equipped with MAFFS crashed early evening July 1 while fighting fires in the Black Hills of South Dakota. That crash was the first in the 40-year history of the MAFFS program. Four people were killed and two were injured.
North Carolina's Air National Guard unit had sent out two C-130-H model aircraft along with support personnel and aircrew to fight the wildland fires June 30, 2012. Members returned home to Charlotte yesterday morning to be with friends and family and mourn the loss of their fellow Airmen.
Six C-130s equipped with MAFFS remain activated to support U.S. Forest Service. Two C-130-Js are from the 146th Airlift Wing in Channel Islands, Calif., two C-130-Hs are from the 153rd Airlift Wing in Cheyenne, Wyo., and two C-130-Hs are from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The California wing has been supporting the U.S. Forest Service in fighting fires since June 30, 2012, in the Rocky Mountain region. Although it has been stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, it will relocate to Cheyenne, Wyo., tomorrow to continue to meet the needs of the U.S. Forest Service.
MAFFS is a joint Department of Defense and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private airtankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the forest service.
MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the U.S. Forest Service that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.