Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette,Adam Sacasa)
A fire official now says there's no need to use a DC-10 jetliner to drop thousands of gallons of retardant on a Central Texas wildfire that's destroyed nearly 1,400 homes and killed two people.
Texas Forest Service incident team manager Bob Koenig said Friday that the plane is ready and can now be used anywhere in the state if necessary.
Officials had said the DC-10 would be launched Friday over Bastrop County, the site of the most devastating of the nearly 180 wildfires ignited across the state this week.
Fire retardant is dropped to help make flames shorter and smaller, allowing firefighters on the ground to make headway.
Crews in Bastrop have said they've managed to tame the biggest flames and are focusing on hotspots with ground crews.