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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

Monday, April 20

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Crowley, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Crowley at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 21

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Crowley, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 23

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Tison at Aledo High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 24

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Burleson, 5:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 27

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 28

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Granbury, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Friday, May 1

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game and Senior Night
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Cleburne, 5:00 pm. *District Game

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