Low-flying airtankers in East Valley heading to wildfires

East Valley residents can expect a temporary increase in airtanker aircraft overflights as the result of a wildfire northeast of Carefree. The U.S. Forest Service has increased its firefighting operations at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with multiple aircraft arriving and departing during daylight hours, according to a press release.

Concerned residents can call the airport authority’s noise complaint line at 480-929-7902.

The airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 36 cities via Allegiant and Elite Airways and has 1,000 acres of undeveloped land available for future job growth in the East Valley. For more information, visit www.phxmesagateway.org.

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