CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Crews fighting wildfires in Texas are going to get some help from the Wyoming Air National Guard.
Thirteen guard members landed near Abilene Monday on a firefighting airplane that can carry up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant.
The unit is one of four in the country to have the latest U.S. Forest Service's Modular Airborne Firefighting System - or MAFFS 2.
The system fits inside a C-130 transport plane and can drop slurry out of the side paratrooper door. Older firefighting planes drop slurry out of the back of the plane, which can cause safety problems for the crew because it makes it impossible to keep the cabin pressurized.
This will be the first mission for Wyoming's firefighting system.
The crew is expected to start flying on Tuesday.