COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The military
is providing aircraft, fire trucks, bulldozers and firefighters to help
civilian agencies fight wildfires in southern Colorado.
Officials said Thursday the equipment
includes four helicopters and two C-130 cargo planes equipped to drop water and
The military also dispatched seven fire
trucks, four bulldozers and 30 firefighters.
The assistance comes from Fort Carson, the
Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
and the 302nd Airlift Wing in the Colorado Springs area. Buckley Air Force Base
outside Denver is also providing help.
Federal law prevents the C-130s from being
activated unless all civilian firefighting planes are either in use or
unavailable. That produced situations last year in which the C-130s sat unused
despite raging fires in Colorado and elsewhere.