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Air Force Returns to Attack Texas Wildfires

Yahoo!: Air Force and Air National Guard aircraft continue to assist local, state and federal firefighters in Texas. The 302nd Air Expeditionary Group is operating out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. Flying C-130 aircraft equipped with MAFFS 2 fire retardant dispersal systems, the airmen are filling gaps caused by the lack of civilian assets. The U.S. Forest Service canceled a contract in late July that provided six airtankers for firefighting, leaving only 13 large civilian aircraft...

United States: Yellowstone River Oil Spill Spreads over 40 Miles Downstream

Yahoo!: An oil pipeline under the Yellowstone River just upstream from Laurel, Mont., ruptured Saturday. The pipeline's operators reacted quickly and shut down the flow but not before at least 10,000 barrels, 42,000 gallons, of crude oil spilled into the river. The pipeline runs from Silver Tip, Mont., to a refinery in Billings, Mont.. The Yellowstone is slowly receding from severe flooding conditions in the late spring. Just upstream from the break, the Edgar MT river gauge shows the water down a foot...