Members of Colorado's 302nd Airlift Wing based at Peterson Air Force Base, are back home after helping Califonia firefigthers gain control over dozens of major wildfires.
Two of the 302nd's C-130HC aircraft flew 48 missions over the Simi fire in eastern Ventura County, Califonia on Wednesday alone. They arrived in the state Tuesday.
Three Air National Guard units also deployed C-130's to help in the firefighting effort.
In all, the military aircraft dropped more than 129,000 gallons of
A spokesman for the California Department of Forestry says the
Simi fire burned more than 116,000. It is now 100% contained.
The wildfires raging across California burned a total of 750,000 acres, 3,400 homes and killed 20 people.