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Expect Low-flying Airtankers in East Valley
U.S. Forest Service Adds DC-10 Aircraft

MESA, Ariz. — East Valley residents should expect a temporary increase in airtanker aircraft overflights as the result of the 257 fire near Superior, the Little Bear fire in Ruidos, New Mexico, and the High Park fire by Fort Collins, Colorado.

The U.S. Forest Service has increased its firefighting operations at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with a DC-10 aircraft. The DC-10 joins two single-engine airtankers already based at the Airport.

“The Airport Authority has distributed the Airport’s noise abatement procedures to the U.S Forest Service,” said Patrick Oakley, community relations coordinator for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. “However, their mission to the battle the fires requires them to fly a straight line to the sites.”

Concerned residents can call the Airport’s 24-hour noise complaint line at 480-929-7902.

About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
The Airport was established in 1994 and is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of the Gila River Indian Community, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Queen Creek. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service via Allegiant and Spirit Airlines with flights to over 60 cities nationwide. For more information, visit


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Media Contact:
Brian Sexton
Phone: 480-988-7618