Wednesday, May 21
(Boise, ID) -- The U.S. Forest Service is increasing its firefighting fleet in preparation for what is expected to be a potentially catastrophic wildfire season in the western part of the country. Forest Service spokesman Mike Ferris says his department will now have a total of 21 large air tankers and more than 100 helicopters to help in the battle. The Forest Service is bringing into service a second DC-10. That type of aircraft cruises at 430 miles per hour and can carry more than eleven-thousand gallons of retardant.