Air Tanker 914 drops on the Central Fire north of Phoenix

The fire is 4 miles east of Interstate 17 near New River

Air Tanker 914 DC-10 drops retardant Central Fire Arizona Phoenix
Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images.

John Hall of JDH Images took these excellent photos of Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, dropping retardant on the Central Fire at about 5 p.m. June 20, 2020.

Mr. Hall told me that he was a firefighter 18 years ago. You can see more of his photos on Instagram (@jdhimg).

The fire has burned about 2,000 acres east of New River, Arizona. Wildfire Today has more information about the Central Fire.

Air Tanker 914 DC-10 drops retardant Central Fire Arizona Phoenix
Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images.
Air Tanker 914 DC-10 drops retardant Central Fire Arizona Phoenix
Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images.
Air Tanker 914 DC-10 drops retardant Central Fire Arizona Phoenix
Retardant dropped by Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images.

(UPDATE at 4:38 p.m. MDT June 2, 2020)

I asked Mr. Hall if the retardant line created by the DC-10 Saturday held the fire. He said:

I drove by on New River Road yesterday and it looked like that retardant line held.  It kept the fire from spreading laterally, but it *raced* up the steep slope vertically and then crested onto the New River Mesa.  They’ve been chasing it up top since then. I don’t recall seeing any fire burn through any of the retardant lines on Saturday.  Quite the opposite, actually.

7 thoughts on “Air Tanker 914 drops on the Central Fire north of Phoenix”

  1. Thanks to Mr. Hall for those great pictures. I like the last photo showing the delivered retardant laying on the fuels. In twenty four hours the same “shot” would be of interest. Looks like surrounding the fire with retardant is working. If this approach works, a crew (socially distanced) should be able to walk the line cold trailing. During this fire season in R 3 maybe they will invite the Supertanker folks to the party, a first for that region.

    1. I don’t have another shot, but I drove nearby the next day and the line definitely held. Their work was effective.

      1. Thanks for taking the time to take a look. As a student of using water enhancing products on wild fires since 1965 I am always interested in what works and what doesn’t work.

  2. Nice spot on shot (below ridge crossing?). Luv SuperTankers–Ten Tanker & 747 (20KGa+) . . . ! Fmr mil-drivers?

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