Wildfires Effect On Aviation, Part 2

Missoula Aerial Fire Depot smokejumpers
When the siren alerts crews at the Missoula Aerial Fire Depot, smokejumpers sprint to the ready room to don their special protective gear. The goal is to be airborne within six minutes.
Credit: Patrick Veillette
Wildfire smoke can have a significant impact on the efficiency of air traffic operations, and contains compounds that are toxic to breathe and damaging to turbine engines. It is not uncommon for firefighting authorities to request Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) in response to the aviation...

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