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Sept. 9, 2011 — AUSTIN, Texas — A DC-10 wide body jet airtanker on Friday made several drops on the Riley Road Fire raging in Grimes, Waller and Montgomery counties.

The tanker can drop more than 11,000 gallons of retardant at a time, spreading a swath three quarters of a mile long and 500 feet wide.

The aircraft flew on the Riley Road Fire because it was showing active fire behavior and spread about 9,000 acres overnight on Thursday.

Resources across Texas have been spread thin battling numerous wildfires fueled by historic drought and critical fire weather conditions. The DC-10 — as well as the 65 other air resources that we currently have in the state — hopefully will provide some much needed relief for both communities and firefighters.


Texas Forest Service Communications