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Flurry of aircraft come through Klamath Falls air tanker base

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Flurry of aircraft come through Klamath Falls air tanker baseMonday was one of the base's all-time busiest days.
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Flurry of aircraft come through Klamath Falls air tanker base

S burning in modoc national forest.

It's south east of tule lake.

The fire is moving northeast towards clear lake.

The acreage is estimated to be nearly 13-thousand acres.

Fire crews are hoping to keep is east of highway 139 and west of county road 136.

No evacuations have been order.

The modoc county sheriff is contacting people in the area that could be affected if an evacuation becomes necessary.

A california incident management team is expected to take over command on the fire tomorrow.

[a27]air h 12's leah thompson is live at the tanker base.

She explains one of the busiest days the base has had.

That's right the manager here is calling it their 3rd or 4th busiest day ever.

Yesterday they supplied fire retardant to the harriette wildfire and the tucker wildfire.

92 thousand gallons of fire retardant have been dropped on the tucker fire.

So this afternoon it had trucks come by to replenish its supply.

Don cavin is the manager here at the air tanker base.

He tells me 12 different air tankers were here yesterday.

With a total of 41 loads.

Now those air tankers are not here again today.

[a31]air tanker supports tucker-sotvo the federal air tankers are not based anywhere in particular.

They move around the country.

To where ever they are needed.

So a lot of times as you can see our ramp is empty now all of the air crafts that we were supporting yesterday despite how many we had they all either went back to redding or alternate bases.

If you are wondering what an air tanker base does.

It's main priority is to provide fire retardant to fires in the region.

It could be supplying to multiple fires in one day.

Cavin tells me it was a slow start to fire season for the base.

However now it the crew is starting to get busy.

So if you live in klamath falls don't be surprised if you see air tankers flying in and out of kingsley field.

Live in klamath falls leah thompson newswatch 12.

Air support has also been a big help on the milepost 97 fiyou're seeing a




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