Governor Newsom Sends the California National Guard to Texas to Help in Wildfire Fighting Operations

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: As the Lone Star State battles the largest wildfire in history, Governor Newsom has authorized the deployment of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and California National Guard members to assist Texas in firefighting efforts.

SACRAMENTO: Governor Gavin Newsom today activated the California National Guard’s (CalGuard) 146th Airlift Wing, stationed in Oxnard, and authorized the deployment of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and personnel to Texas to support wildfire combat operations.

Governor Newsom stated, “In times of crisis, Americans stand together. California has built a nation-leading firefighting fleet and we’re proud to lend a helping hand to Texas as the Lone Star State battles the largest wildfire in its history.”

“The California National Guard is always prepared for disaster, and we are proud to support this mission,” stated Major General Matthew P. Beevers, Adjutant General of the California National Guard. “The 146th Airlift Wing is home to some of the best airmen in the country and are prepared to support state and federal efforts to respond to this natural disaster.”

The 146th Airlift Wing will provide one aircraft to undertake wildland firefighting air operations near Abilene, Texas, from March 4 to 18. This mission is in support of the Texas Forestry Service’s Panhandle Fires. The aircraft will operate from Dyess Air Force Base for the length of the operation.

Governor Newsom Sends the California National Guard to Texas to Help in Wildfire Fighting Operations

The California Guard’s 146th Airlift Wing, also known as the “Hollywood Guard,” is one of four C-130 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units in the country equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) provided by the United States Forest Service.

This equipment is installed in the aircraft and effectively suppresses huge wildland flames with retardant from the air. This military air tanker serves as an emergency backup to the civilian air tanker fleet, which is utilized to combat wildfires around the nation.

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Last summer, California helped Florida and Georgia respond to Hurricane Idalia, as well as sending firefighting resources and troops to Hawaii and Oregon. California sent emergency personnel to Florida in 2022 to deal with Hurricane Ian.

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California also deployed firemen, disaster recovery specialists, and other professionals to Oregon, New Mexico, and Montana. In 2021, California contributed firefighting equipment and personnel to help Oregon respond to the Bootleg Fire.

B-roll footage of the C-130J Super Hercules preparing for deployment is available here.

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