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Smoke at DFW

If you happen to see fire and burning activity at DFW Airport, it is our state-of-the-art Fire Training Research Center in action. During our training periods, you will see black smoke as a result of these training fires. Below, you will find the schedule for those training periods.

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The DFW Fire Training Research Center trains fire fighters locally, nationally and internationally in the specialty of airport/aircraft fire fighting. We use many different aircraft-designed mock-ups, and purposely ignite the mock-ups to train these fire fighters. During training periods you will see black smoke as a result of these training fires. The rising smoke that you see quickly dissipates into the atmosphere which is a way to know the smoke you see is from the training fires. The DFW FTRC uses clean burning propane and a liquid fuel called E-III – both are environmentally friendly. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continually monitors the training fires to ensure state and federal guidelines are followed.

Fire Training Schedule

August Training Dates
Aug 22-24
Aug 30-31
6am - 3pm
6am - 3pm
September Training Dates
Sep 4 - 7
Sep 10 - 14
Sep 17 - 21
Sep 24 - 28
8am - 4pm
8am - 4pm
8am - 6pm
8am - 5pm
October Research Live Fires
The FTRC will be participating in a large-scale research project over a two-week period in October outside normal training activities which may entail prolonged times of smoke being generated at the training center. You may see prolonged periods of smoke generation or larger than normal smoke columns. This is all part of the extensive research project. Exact live fire dates and times will be posted as the project becomes more defined.

*Training occurs nearly every day at our Fire Training Research Facility. Smoke activity will be visible near the southwest end of the Airport. We will continue to update this page with the most accurate scheduled dates. Please note changes can occur at any time and research activity may also extend past the scheduled times.
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