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Reservists fly C-130s to fight California wildfires

Tech. Sgt. Lamont Wood checks the positioning of the nozzles on a specially equipped C-130 prior to deploying 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Sergeant Wood and other reservists on the crew are from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Tech. Sgt. Lamont Wood checks the positioning of the nozzles on a specially equipped C-130 prior to deploying 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Sergeant Wood and other reservists on the crew are from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Maj. Robert Fairbanks and members of his C-130 crew deploy 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over the Poomacha Fire in North San Diego County, Calif. The reservists are assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and launched their firefighting mission from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Maj. Robert Fairbanks and members of his C-130 crew deploy 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over the Poomacha Fire in North San Diego County, Calif. The reservists are assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and launched their firefighting mission from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Lt. Col. Ted Treffeisen and his C-130 aircrew deploy 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over the Poomacha Fire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Colonel Treffeisen and his fellow reservists are from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy. A. Santana)

Lt. Col. Ted Treffeisen and his C-130 aircrew deploy 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over the Poomacha Fire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Colonel Treffeisen and his fellow reservists are from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy. A. Santana)

An Air Force Reserve C-130 drops fire retardant onto a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. The aircraft and crew are assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

An Air Force Reserve C-130 drops fire retardant onto a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. The aircraft and crew are assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Fire retardant is deployed over a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Two specially equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft and crews from the Air Force Reserve's 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Fire retardant is deployed over a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Two specially equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft and crews from the Air Force Reserve's 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Modular Airborne Firefighting System aircraft No. 5 "MAFFS 5" sits on the flightline after deploying 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over the Poomacha Fire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are launching their C-130 aircraft from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., to fight wildfires in the Southern California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy. A. Santana)

Modular Airborne Firefighting System aircraft No. 5 "MAFFS 5" sits on the flightline after deploying 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over the Poomacha Fire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are launching their C-130 aircraft from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., to fight wildfires in the Southern California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy. A. Santana)

Master Sgt. Tom Freeman, right, and Tech. Sgt. Lamont Wood, middle, prepare to deploy 3,000 gallons of wildfire retardant over a fire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. The C-130 Hercules aircraft and crew are assigned to Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft launched from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Master Sgt. Tom Freeman, right, and Tech. Sgt. Lamont Wood, middle, prepare to deploy 3,000 gallons of wildfire retardant over a fire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. The C-130 Hercules aircraft and crew are assigned to Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft launched from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Master Sgt. Tom Freeman, left, and Tech. Sgt. Lamont Wood prepare to deploy 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. The C-130 Hercules aircraft and crew are assigned to Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft launched from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Master Sgt. Tom Freeman, left, and Tech. Sgt. Lamont Wood prepare to deploy 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. The C-130 Hercules aircraft and crew are assigned to Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft launched from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

A wildfire continues to burn in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists and two specially equipped C-130 aircraft from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

A wildfire continues to burn in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists and two specially equipped C-130 aircraft from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

A wildfire continues to burn in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)
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A wildfire continues to burn in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)

Fire retardant is dumped from a specially equipped C-130 aircraft onto a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)
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Fire retardant is dumped from a specially equipped C-130 aircraft onto a wildfire in North San Diego County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. Air Force reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are participating in the Southern California firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy A. Santana)