© 2022 Boise State Public Radio
NPR in Idaho
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Join us on July 7 for a community conversation on issues and ideas from the Magic Valley Latino/a community.

One team prepares to help fight wildfires from the air

Samantha Wright
Boise State Public Radio
The 302 Airlift Wing out of Colorado Springs came to Boise to train its MAFFs unit in 2011.

Agencies like the Forest Service often use contract airplanes to drop fire retardant on wildfires. If resources fall short, though, a specialized team of military personnel can help.

This year is shaping up to be another extreme fire season. So having this backup may be especially helpful. For the last few years, the Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems team has been in higher demand.

Mountain West News Bureau reporter Madelyn Beck joins Idaho Matters to talk more about the MAFF'S program and what fire seasons look like for this crew.

Stay Connected
I'm the regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau at Boise State Public Radio.
As Senior Producer of our live daily talk show Idaho Matters, I’m able to indulge my love of storytelling and share all kinds of information (I was probably a Town Crier in a past life!). My career has allowed me to learn something new everyday and to share that knowledge with all my friends on the radio.