Apr 17, 2011 10:57 AM by AP posted By James H Egbert

US sends cargo planes to help Mexico fight fires

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The United States has sent two specially equipped military cargo planes to help battle wildfires in northern Mexico.

The U.S. Northern Command says the C-130 planes were requested by the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department. They left their home base at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., on Saturday, bound for Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

The fires near the Texas border have burned about 386 square miles. Mexico has deployed 1,000 personnel, nine helicopters and two small planes.

The cargo planes carry pressurized tanks that can spray
retardant on a wildfire. They are assigned to the Air Force
Reserve's 302nd Airlift Wing.



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