Air National Guard C-130s from Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado that are equipped to battle fires have been activated to fight wildfires in the Western U.S.
The three large aircraft will be stationed in Fresno, Calif.
Currently, the activation is scheduled to last one month but can be changed.
The planes can discharge up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds and cover an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide.
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