Military firefighting planes moved to Utah, Idaho

- CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Military cargo planes used to drop slurry on wildfires are now based in Utah and Idaho, closer to the West's most active blazes.

Four of the C-130s were staged at the Boise Air Terminal and two were at Hill Air Force Base near Salt Lake City on Thursday.

The planes are operated by three National Guard and one reserve unit in Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina and California. They had been based in Cheyenne and Colorado Springs, Colo. The commander of the 153rd Air Expeditionary Group announced Wednesday afternoon that they were moved because recent rain in the Rockies has lowered the fire threat there.

One C-130 crashed while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota on July 1, killing four crew members from North Carolina. The cause is under investigation.

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