The Tooele Valley Airport is normally known as a hub for skydiving, but this week the airport on the west side of the small town of Erda has taken a central role in the fight against the Jacob City Fire.
Teams of firefighting helicopters and Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) aircraft have set up bases at the airport, which is approximately 15 miles from the fire.
“Having an airport like this accessible is invaluable,” said David Teggins, the general aviation manager of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. “We maintain the field and have it ready and in safe operating condition every day so when this does happen, we are ready to respond to the emergency.”
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