Colorado Sends Aircraft Assistance To Help Battle TX Wildfires
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) has sent one of its two Multi-Mission Aircrafts to assist with multiple active wildfires burning throughout the State of Texas.
As per a press release from Monday, Mar. 21 via the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control, a Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) departed for Abilene, Texas on Friday, Mar. 18 in an effort to support such request from the state of Texas's A&M Forest Service.
What Is A Multi-Mission Aircraft, And What Purpose Does It Serve?
As per the press release from Monday, the aircraft’s primary mission is to detect new fires, gather perimeters and other data on existing fires, and aid Incident Command personnel in making sound, tactical decisions, improving the safety and efficiency of the response.
Recent snowstorms have limited wildfire potential across much of Colorado, allowing Colorado's Division of Fire Protection & Control to support partner States, especially those who have supported Colorado in the past, like the state of Texas.
According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the following is the latest information regarding multiple of the major wildfires burning in Texas as of Monday, Mar. 21:
- The seven wildfires in the Eastland Complex in Eastland County have burned about 54,463 acres. It is 60% contained (as of around 5:30 p.m. MT)
- The Big L Fire in Erath and Hood Counties is about 10,366 acres and 50% contained. (as of around 12:30 p.m. MT)
- The Ramsey Fire in Brown County is about 1,500 acres and 5% contained
- The Sunday Late Fire in Live Oak County is 175 acres and 95% contained
- The Three Sections Fire in McMullen County is 687 acres and 100% contained
- The Wells 2 Fire in Archer County is 1,027 acres and 100% contained
- The Marion 1009 Fire in Marion County is 256 acres and 100% contained
- The Nocona Hills Fire in Montague County is 600 acres and 100% contained
“This year has the potential to be a challenging fire season,” Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control Director Mike Morgan said according to Monday's press release.
“DFPC is honored to support our fire partners in Texas during their time of need.”
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