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Huge Tanker to Be Used Against Central Texas Wildfire

Crews fighting a raging Central Texas wildfire that has consumed about three dozen homes over 6 square miles will soon have new help from the air. The Texas A&M Forest Service has called in a DC-10 jet tanker that can drop close to 12,000 gallons of retardant at a time over a swath three-fourths of a mile long and 500 feet wide. It is also able to divide its load into five separate drops. The Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) is to be available Friday morning to fight what has been...

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