Austin Airtanker Base opened to assist with increased wildfire activity

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 20:55:04-04

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas A&M Forest Service has opened the Austin Airtanker Base to assist with increased wildfire activity.

The base, located at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, will "allow for faster response times and greater cost efficiency when responding to wildfires."

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the base is equipped to handle all aircraft in the national airtanker fleet, including those aircraft used to drop fire retardant during wildfires.

The Austin Airtanker Base is the first, state-funded portable airtanker base in Central Texas.