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Firefighting tank arrives at Minden airport

A crane lowers a 10,000-gallon tank to be used for fire retardant at Minden-Tahoe Airport.

While the big tankers may not be back at Minden-Tahoe Airport, the Bureau of Land Management delivered a big tank to help fill firefighting aircraft.

The 10,000-gallon tank for fire retardant will be permanently installed at the airport, county officials announced on Tuesday.

In the recent past, firefighting aircraft had been filled from a semi-truck tanker, which would slow firefighting response and increase cost.

The tank will be installed in a permanent containment area near the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center at the north end of the airport.

Most of the aircraft served by the tank will be the single engine air tankers.

"We will be ready for this year's potentially difficult fire year and for years to come as well," said Airport Manager Bobbi Thompson.

The BLM operated an air tanker support base at Minden-Tahoe Airport until 2009, when its operations were moved to Stead.

Also removed was the equipment used to quickly fill the big tankers with retardant.