The Texas Forest Service announced on Monday that four military C-130 aircraft with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) are being mobilized to help fight the fires in Texas, after Governor Rick Perry asked the federal government for assistance. In addition, a privately owned DC-10 air tanker has been dispatched to Texas. The C-130s can carry up to 3,000 gallons, while the DC-10 has a maximum capacity of 11,000 gallons.
An air tanker base has been set up in Midland to support the DC-10 air tanker. Dyess Air Force Base has set up a tanker base to support the four MAFFS aircraft. This is the first time Texas has mobilized these aerial resources.
A second Type 1 Incident Management Team (Wilder) has been ordered for a fire in Texas, for the PK West Fire, and a Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to support East Texas.
Suffering their worst drought in decades,the state has dozens of active fires. Here is a list of the top ten, ranked by acres burned, as of Monday morning.