Fighting fires from the sky, U.S. air tankers in Central Texas

POSTED: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 3:31pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Fighting fires is a courageous task, and as these epic wildfires continue, all means to fight them are being executed.

But if you've ever seen a plane drop water and fire retardant from the sky, you'd realize some of the best fighting comes from the air.

And after fighting from the sky for 4 months, we decided it was time to put a face, to a plane.

We got reaction from those who have seen the fire devastation first hand.

"Just the loss of all the property, you know, we've been out on a lot of fires in West Texas, and they've lost property there, but not near to... nothing like down here. Normally this time of year, fire season for us would be Oregon, Idaho or Washington, and this year we came to Texas in April and we never left," Chief Pilot for Aero Spray Inc., Jesse Weaver said.

Weaver said the planes can hold up to 800 gallons or 8,000 pounds at one time.

They have to stay on call within 15 minutes of their planes.

And even though he and his crew have been away from their families since April, he says fighting fires from the sky, is just what they do.


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