CHARLOTTE, N.C. The North Carolina Air National Guard s 145th Airlift Wing, based in Charlotte, deployed on Saturday to help fight the Colorado Fires.

The unit will send two air crafts equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. A third aircraft carrying support personnel and equipment will also join in on the mission.

The unit will help with the firefighting efforts in the Rocky Mountain area. The air crafts helping fight the wild fire, are used by the Department of Defense and the U.S. Forest Service to provide additional aerial firefighting resources.

The Charlotte-based aircraft can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide.

Officials say some three dozen 145th members will deploy.

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