Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1427 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3674 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.
DODCFR From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3358 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.
RyDawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 873 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3291 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....
You can take the pup out of Alaska, but you can't take the Alaska out of the pup.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12362 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3096 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.
JayDub From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3061 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?".
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.