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Air Force drone sent to fight California wildfires

By Tony Bertuca  
December 6, 2017 at 12:49 PM

The Air National Guard has deployed an M-Q9 Reaper drone to assist local authorities fight an outbreak of wildfires in Ventura County, CA, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

A unit from the 146th Air Wing stationed at Channel Island Guard Station in Oxnard, CA, has been approved to operate the drone for 14 days, according to Col. Rob Manning.

The Air National Guard has also deployed two C-130J Modular Airborne Firefighting System Aircraft to release flame retardant on the wildfires.