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Fire At DFW - 3/13 - Any Info?  
User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1398 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Just passing through DFW on a connection when a pretty significant fire developed on the ground--clearly not a brush fire--approximately NW of the terminal areas. It was clearly not a simple grass fire as the flames were visible from the SkyLink train (where I first saw it), and given its proximity to the diagonal runway in that area, I was a little concerned.

Anyway, the flames have since died down without evidence of emergency vehicles having arrived, so we're not talking a jetliner or anything.

Any DFW A.netters have any info on this?

I'll post my photo later when I download it off my SD card.

Thanks,
-Mike


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User currently offlineThePinnacleKid From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 725 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

DFW is a training center for ARFF crews not just locally but nationally.... they have a larger training complex out there so more than likely you saw from a far distance a nice big training event....


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User currently offlineAirStatDFW From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

On March 3/13 DFW was doing fire training using the fire pit. The flames can get quite large from the pit. The location is right next to 13R/31L at the Fire Training center next to Fire Station #4.

AirStatDFW


User currently offlineDODCFR From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2474 times:

I remember my first training fire at Anderson AFB Guam. They dumped about 3,000 gallons of good ol JP-4 and torched it off, then sent me in by myself with a foam nozzle. Nothing quite like it, but of course they don't do things like that now.
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User currently offlineRyDawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 864 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2407 times:



Quoting Mikey711MN (Thread starter):
Just passing through DFW on a connection when a pretty significant fire developed on the ground--clearly not a brush fire--approximately NW of the terminal areas.

Should have been seen, as mentioned by AirStat, SW of the terminal areas. These burns happen frequently (depending on the classes). It can be common to see several burns a day, throughout the week. Certainly, to visitors, it can be a "thought-provoking" sight.

Definitely what you were seeing today....

Ryan



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User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1398 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Thanks guys! Good information and likely what I saw. I knew you all would have the "real story" to fill me in on what was truly a "WTF?" moment this morning.

-Mike



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2212 times:



Quoting ThePinnacleKid (Reply 1):
DFW is a training center for ARFF crews not just locally but nationally....

The pit fire burns mostly natueral gas, with a little jet fuel (usually less than 10 gallons) injected to make the smoke. All of the Jet-A burns off quickly, so no residue is spilled on the ground. Sensors tell the pit operators/instructors when enough water, foam (very little is actually used in training), or other surpressent is used so they can turn off the gas.


User currently offlineJayDub From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

I love being the "Airline Guy" to my friends back home in DFW. Every single time the DFW ARFF does a training burn, I get at least one phone call that usually goes something like this: "Dude, what's burning at DFW? Is everything OK?".

User currently offlineDODCFR From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2117 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 6):


He's right that the new fire training pits are natural gas that is piped under a layer of water with electric ingiters. The newer units use a sensors that determines when enough water is sprayed on it. Of course there are at least two people with safety shut-down switches.


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