Crash Grounds Some Firefighting Planes in Colorado

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- As firefighters in the western U.S. deal with one of the busiest and most destructive wildfire seasons ever, some of the aircraft helping in that fight have been pulled out of service.

Seven firefighting C-130 cargo planes are being held on the ground in the aftermath of yesterday's crash of another of the planes while fighting a wildfire in the Black Hills of south Dakota. At least one of the six crew members was killed.

Fire crews in Colorado are slowly gaining control over the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs.

The fire ranks as the most destructive in state history, having destroyed nearly 350 houses, but it's now 55 percent contained.

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