NM Assists with Australian Fires

NEW MEXICANS ARE HELPING WITH THE MASSIVE WILDFIRE BURNING IN AUSTRALIA. CREWS WITH “10 TANKER” WILL HELP FIGHT THE WILDFIRES BY FLYING DC-10S OVERHEAD. THEY’RE EXPECTED TO FLY OUT OF NEW MEXICO SUNDAY AND STAY IN AUSTRALIA THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH.

ROBERT BURRUS, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, JUST RETURNED FROM AUSTRALIA AND SAYS THE FIRES ARE AS FAR AS HE CAN SEE IN AN AIRPLANE. HE SAYS HIS CREWS WILL DROP TWO KINDS OF MATERIAL ON THE FIRE … ONE WHICH IS A GEL-LIKE WATER ENHANCER. THE OTHER MATERIAL IS FIRE RETARDANT. BUT BURRUS TELLS CHANNEL 7 NEWS THE WEATHER … MAINLY HEAVY WINDS … COULD STILL COMPLICATE THINGS.

THE DC-10S HOLD ABOUT 95-HUNDRED GALLONS WHICH CAN BE DROPPED IN JUST OVER FOUR SECONDS.

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