Valdez began firefighting as a teen
FORT WORTH (FOX4 News) – A Fort Worth man is helping out by flying above the flames of the historic California wildfires.
Marcos Valdez has been in California piloting a 747 jet that gets so close to the fires, the distance between the plane and the trees is less than its wingspan.
The job is the culmination of a passion he’s had since he was a teenager. The “fire bomber” pilot was a volunteer firefighter for Denton and Ranger, Texas when he was in high school and college. He then went on to become a pilot, flying 747s.