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Texas Forest Service providing current fire updates

April 19, 2011 by Randy Keck

The Texas Forest Service has set up a page with current wildfire information including the following information. The Web address is: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888

A Type I Incident Management Team (IMT) has been ordered for the PK West Fire and a Type II IMT has been ordered to support East Texas. A tanker base has been set up in Midland to support a DC-10 airtanker. Dyess Air Force Base has set up a tanker base to support the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) units on four U.S. Air Force C-130s.

MIDLAND, Texas –Texas Forest Service has ordered additional aerial resources to help battle the wildfires ravaging the Lone Star State.

In an effort to slow the spread of the flames, ground crews already have been utilizing some air resources – specifically helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft including single engine air tankers (SEATs) – for air reconnaissance and water and fire retardant drops.

Now, four MAFFs (Modular Airborne FireFighting Systems) and a DC-10 airtanker are arriving to aid in suppression efforts.

Congress established the MAFFS program in the early 1970s to provide military support for civilian air tankers. Each MAFFS unit – which consists of a 3,000 gallon tank – is installed on C-130 aircraft, essentially turning it into a modified airtanker that can drop a swath of retardant one-fourth of a mile long and 60 feet wide.

The DC-10 is a modified McDonnell Douglas aircraft that can hold more than 11,000 gallons of retardant. The plane can be filled in eight minutes and its computerized, gravity-fed water dump system can release its entire load in just eight seconds. It creates a swath three-quarters of a mile long and 300 feet wide.

Resources across Texas have been spread thin battling numerous wildfires fueled by historic drought and critical fire weather conditions. These additional aerial resources hopefully will provide some much needed relief for both communities and firefighters.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, December 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Birdville, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Springtown, Freshmen 5:30 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Freshmen and JV at Mineral Wells Invitational

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Weatherford New Car Dealers Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fort Worth Cowtown Classic

Tuesday, December 9

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville at Aledo High School, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Thursday, December 11

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Decatur Tournament

Monday, December 15

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Southwest at Aledo High School, B 5 p.m., A 5 p.m. and JV 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at Aledo High School, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Friday, December 19

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, A 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, Freshmen 6:30 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 8 p.m., *District Game

Monday, December 29

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Moritz Auto Group Holiday Classic, Aledo

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fibermax Caprock Classic, Lubbock

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