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    25 NW of the GW

    Post Planes/Pilots getting ready

    Military transports practicing for fire season

    (Boise-AP) - The sound of large, propeller-driven planes droning
    over Boise means the fire season is beginning again in the West.
    Boise residents can hear and see military C-130 planes flying
    slow and low over town this week. They're traveling from the
    National Interagency Fire Center to the Boise National Forest for
    practice water drops.
    This week is an annual refresher course for the military
    transport planes. They're used to augment the retardant planes the
    Forest Service contracts each year.
    Special retardant systems are installed into the rear cargo
    doors. They blast 25-hundred gallons of retardant through nozzles
    with each drop.
    The federal government didn't renew contracts for civilian C-130
    retardant planes after the wings snapped off one last year in
    California, killing those aboard.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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    Southern New Mexico


    At least the military planes will be available. They are telling us this year only 3 Air Tankers are available nationwide, so don't expect them at a fire.
    IACOJ Military Division
    NM Office
    "There are three kinds of men: The ones who learn by reading, the few who learn by observation, and the rest of them who have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

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