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Latino Daily News

Sunday April 17, 2011

U.S. Sending Help to Mexico to Fight Border Wildfires

U.S. Sending Help to Mexico to Fight Border Wildfires

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The U.S. government is sending specially equipped Air Force planes to Mexico to help the raging wildfire in the northern part of the country, close to the Texas-Mexico border.

Two C-130 planes will bring 3,000 gallons of fire retardant material with them and another will lend a supporting role.  In addition the U.S. is providing 30 service personnel to assist Mexico combat fires that have already burned 386 square miles near the Texas border.  Mexico requested the aid after deploying 1,000 of its own personnel and numerous helicopters in hopes of containing the fires. 

Massive wildfires have already spread through four counties in Texas burning more than 700,000 acres.  Officials predict they maybe battling them for two more months due to the extreme drought conditions throughout Texas.  Thus far one firefighter has been killed and hundreds of Texans have had to evacuate their homes.

In Texas and in Mexico this is considered one of the worse fire seasons in history.