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Friday, July 10, 2015
VLAT Supports firefighting efforts on 10 Mile Canyon Fire
Thursday afternoon, a Very Large Airtanker (called a VLAT) carrying about 12,000 gallons of retardant helped firefighters on the 10-Mile Fire keep the fire from moving to the Lower Deschutes River. These tankers are often DC-10 airplanes - the size of a large commercial airliner - and carry about four times the amount of retardant as the typical heavy airtanker. In this run, the tanker only dropped about half of his load.