Two military cargo planes stationed in Colorado are being asked to help fight fires in the Rocky Mountain area.
Military officials said Friday the two C-130s stationed at Peterson Air Force Base are supplementing two C-130s from the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing that are operating from Boise Air Terminal in Idaho.
The planes are fitted with devices owned by the U.S. Forest Service that carry up to 3,000 gallons of slurry that can be sprayed at burn areas in less than five seconds.
The C-130s are only activated when commercial and private air tankers are unable to fully meet firefighting needs of the Forest Service.
The aircraft are being activated as forecasters predict lightning for the weekend.