This Is What It's Like To Fight The Yosemite Fire From The Air

This Is What It's Like To Fight The Yosemite Fire From The Air

What's it like to drop fire retardant on the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park? It's "kind of creepy."

Endless Bummer: Hellfire Season Burns Forever

Up in the High Sierra of Yosemite National Park today, a monstrous wildfire is racing through 200 square miles of dense piney forest. The "Rim… Read…

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MAFFS 6 Rim Fire 22Aug13 1750

Inside the cockpit of MAFFS 6, a California Air National Guard C-130J-30 Hercules, as it drops fire retardant on the Rim Fire burning in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park.

MAFFS 6 Rim Fire 22Aug13 1750

The Modular Airborne FireFighting System, or MAFFS, is a self-contained unit used for aerial firefighting that can be loaded onto a C-130 Hercules, allowing the aircraft to be used as an air tanker against wildfires. This allows the U.S. Forest Service to use military aircraft from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve to serve as an emergency backup resource to the civilian air tanker fleet.

MAFFS 6 Rim Fire 22Aug13 1750

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