Colorado sends Multi-Mission Aircraft to assist in California fire relief efforts

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The Division of Fire Prevention and Control has sent one of its two Multi-Mission Aircrafts (MMAs) to assist in California fire relief efforts.

“When Colorado needs help to fight wildfires in our state, we rely on other states to send resources,” said DFPC Director Mike Morgan. "It is our duty to help those who have helped us.” 

Officials say the second MMA will remain in Colorado.

The MMA left Wednesday afternoon and will report to Ventura County.

The MMA's mission is primarily detection in addition to providing near real-time information to ground forces during initial attack on the wildfire.

The MMA program is comprised of two Pilatus PC-12 airplanes outfitted with state-of-the-art infrared (IR) and color sensors operated by DFPC personnel.

Earlier Wednesday, officials announced several Colorado fire agencies were being deployed to California to assist in firefighting efforts.

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