Giant air tanker helps fight Thompson Ridge fire

Posted at: 06/05/2013 9:09 AM
Updated at: 06/05/2013 11:48 AM
By: The Associated Press

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters battling the Thompson Ridge fire in northern New Mexico are getting help from a large air tanker converted from a DC10 jumbo jet.

The fire made a strong run overnight toward the historic district of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The area includes the ranch headquarters, guest houses, other cabins and barns.

Fire information officer Dana Howlett says the preparation done Tuesday by firefighters helped save the buildings.

She says the giant DC10 air tanker will be dropping slurry along the southern edge of the fire to further protect the historic district and to keep the flames from spreading.

It has charred about 15 square miles after doubling in size Tuesday.

Howlett says forecasters are expecting some thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and that could provide some relief with higher humidity levels.

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