BAE-146 fire bomber tested in Minden

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Updated: 6/18/2014 1:56 pm
MINDEN, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- US Forest Service officials are doing everything they can to make sure they're prepared for the 2014 fire season.

Wednesday, a BAE-146 fire bomber was put to the test at the Minden airport. The drill was as real as it gets -- including a test site where hundreds of buckets were setup to collect the fire retardant so officials could measure how accurate the drop would be on a real fire.

Officials were also there to check out the plane because it has to be certified before it can fight a real fire. The new plane can carry twice the retardant load as previous aircraft. Once certified, the plane can be used anywhere in the United States.

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