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Air Tankers From South Coast Fighting Some Of The State's Major Wildfires

(146th Airlift Wing photo)
A 116th Airlift Wing plane makes a run on the Mendocino Complex Fire. This is a few from the cockpit of one of the planes.

Two military aircraft from the South Coast are playing an important role in the battles against some of the state’s biggest wildfires.

The C-130J Air National Guard cargo planes based in Ventura County have special modular components which allow them to be used as firefighting air tankers.

The 146th Airlift Wing’s planes have been in action since mid-July, with one currently temporarily based in Northern California, and one working out of their Pt. Mugu home base.

The aircraft have been involved in fighting the largest wildfire in the state’s history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, as well as the Holy Fire burning in Orange and Riverside Counties.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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