The roar of planes has been heard a little bit more this summer at the Moses Lake Airport. The wildfire air tanker base has been busier flying a record amount of retardant to area fires.
"We've had a lot of 100,000 gallon days," Base Manager Rob Meade said.
Since June the base has flown out 1.9 million gallons of the red mixture.
"We are the only tanker base in the state of Washington, so we cover a large area," Meade said.
The previous record of 1.4 million gallons was set in the base's first year of operation in 2001.
"It's kind of sad that we've had that many fires and there is that much destruction and everything," Meade said. "But you know we just keep pumping the mud and doing what we are told, send the planes where they want them to go."
Mead says they can accommodate planes like the massive DC-10's, all the way to small single engine planes. Wednesday a DC-10 sat on the pad, the crew had the day off. Two other planes, a P2V from Montana and an RJ85 from Arizona waited on standby for a call to action.