U.S. Air National Guardsmen Maj. Danny Ariza (left) Capt. Nate Southwick (right) and loadmaster Staff Sgt. Garret Gillette (center) follow a U.S. Forrest Service lead plane under a large column of smoke preparing to drop retardant on the Pier Fire southeast of Fresno California inside a C-130J aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing, equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), August 29, 2017. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves C-130 aircraft equipped with the MAFFS systems have been assisting United States Forrest Service wildfire suppression efforts out of Fresno Air Tanker Base since August 10, 2017. Together they have accomplished more than 200 drops and 530,000 gallons of retardant this season. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Tech. Sgt. Jeff Allen.)

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