Even before this, California had built up the largest firefighting fleet in the world. These new C-130s will be strategically located throughout the state at CAL FIRE bases to mobilize when needed, adding to the helicopters, other aircraft, and firefighters ready to protect Californians. This follows California’s leadership in utilizing innovation and technology to fight fires smarter, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), satellites, and more.
“These are aircraft that can mobilize quickly and attack wildfires to better protect our communities. This was a collaborative effort with our partners Sen. Padilla, the late Sen. Feinstein, and others to deliver for Californians.” Governor Gavin Newsom
When President Biden signs the bill into law, these planes will be transferred to the state. The first of the seven planes will likely be ready in time for height of the 2024 fire year, adding immediate value to California’s firefighting capabilities.