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World War II fighter planes battle East Texas blazes

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The United States Forest Service has joined the Texas Forest Service in battling East Texas wildfires this week with the help of some old war relics.

Two P2-V Lockheed planes from Montana arrived in Longview last night. One experienced mechanical difficulties once it arrived, but the other plane carried fire retardant to the Bear Creek fire in Cass County on Wednesday.

A crew of 8 U.S. Forest Service officers are servicing the planes, which will stay in the area as long as necessary.

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