California National Guard sends fire tankers to battle Southern California wildfires

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 14:44:13-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--The California National Guard announced it has deployed several of its aircraft Monday to help fight wildfires burning throughout the state at the request of the Cal Fire.

"The Cal Guard trains alongside CAL FIRE and Cal OES year-round for days like today," said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, adjutant general for the California National Guard. "This is a true team effort. Our air crews are geared up and ready to support CAL FIRE wherever they might need us." 


Three Black Hawks and two Air Force C-130J air tankers will be stationed in Southern California. 

California National Guard provides water drop, medical evacuation and transportation support to Cal Fire. The C-130J air tankers can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds and cover an area one quarter of a mile long by 100-feet wide in a single pass, according to a release provided by the military force.  

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy