Officials with the United States Northern Command say on Sunday around 6:00 p.m MDT, a C-130 aircraft supporting fire fighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was being used to fight the White Draw Fire.
The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. We are still waiting to find out the condition of the crew who were on-board when the plane went down.
This plane is equipped with the MAFFS, firefighting system. The MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the U.S. Forest Service that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.
The White Draw fire is about five miles northeast of Edgemont. It has burned about 3,000 acres. Almost 200 people are helping fight this fire. Some residents have been evacuated.
KSFY will have a crew on the way to the area Monday morning. Stick with KSFY as we learn more information.