Fight Against Grass Fires Takes Flight


As the risk for fire danger rises, the need for emergency equipment to fight those fires increases, too.

According to Texas A&M Forest Service, the High Plains has been labeled a “critical needs area.” This is due to above-average temperatures, dead grass across the area and humidity less than 10 percent.
To combat the problem, crews are taking flight to stay in the fight.

“We’re bolstering our abilities to assist the local fire departments, in the Panhandle region, with firefighting aircraft,” Troy Ducheneaux, Regional Fire Coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service, said. “So, with that, we’ve brought in two single-engine air tankers, or what we refer to as SEATs, to the Amarillo airport.”

The air tankers were dispatched to the fire north of Boys Ranch. We’re told 2,400 gallons of fire retardant were used.

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