Tyndall Aiding Situation in Colorado

While the Colorado wildfires are more than 1,500 miles away, Tyndall's Air Forces Northern is playing an active role in fighting them.

Two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrafts equipped with fire-fighting capabilities are assisting Colorado firefighters in battling the worst blaze in Colorado history.

The aircrafts are based at the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs, and will operate out of Peterson Air Force Base.

MAFFS, or Modular Airborne FireFighting Systems, that the aircrafts are equipped with, can drop 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds.

Afnorth, a tenant unit at Tyndall Air Force Base, the air component for U.S. Northern Command, is helping supervise the operation.

It provides support to any emergency service agencies when asked.