ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – Additional aircraft have joined military helicopters in missions to the wildfires still active in West Louisiana.
The U.S. Forest Service arranged for aerial firefighters, or air tankers, to arrive at Alexandria International Airport (AEX) on Wednesday. AEX, the former England Airforce base, is operating as a staging site. Its large ramp space allows any size plane to set up shop, which is necessary for large air tankers.
“We were very excited whenever they said they were going to utilize us, not only because of our airbase but because they could come in and take care of our citizens to the West of us fighting those incredible horrible fires in Louisiana that we’re not accustomed to,” said Scott Gammel, AEX’s director of aviation.
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