REDMOND, Ore. — Central Oregon fire managers say a record has been set this season for gallons of fire retardant loaded at the Redmond Air Tanker Base.
The Bulletin reported Friday (https://goo.gl/ZCUVZv ) that more than 1.3 million gallons of fire retardant has been loaded into planes with most dropping payloads on fires across Central and Eastern Oregon.
Deschutes National Forest spokeswoman Kassidy Kern says the planes have flown 537 missions this year.
Kern said the bulk of retardant was used on the region’s larger fires including one between Bend and Burns, one on the Warm Springs Reservation, one near Sisters and another still burning near that town.
The prior record of 1.2 million gallons was set in 2002, during a fire in southern Oregon that scorched 800 square miles (2,072 square kilometers).
Kern says on average over the past 10 years, the tanker base has gone through 640,000 gallons a year.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com