Fletcher Fuel Fire Fiercely Fought

FletchFire1 Fletcher Airfield (link at right) was the scene of a runway fire when an air tanker/refueler had problems with its landing gear and crash landed. SLFF responded quickly, but fuel leaks quickly made the situation more dangerous.

The blaze sent plumes of black smoke into the sky, obscuring vision for one pilot who attempted to land on the runway.

FletchFire2 SLFF ARFF firefighters Dexter Church, Alice Illois, Thade Knelstrom battle the blaze on the ground while Sephira McCloud pilots a helicopter to drop water from above.

“I thought it was going to a huge mess,” said one observer, who was readying marshmallows.

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The blaze was contained within an hour, and put out an hour later. SLFF members received six packs of root beer in gratitude from the airport manager.

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