A firefighting plane crashes in Lake Livingston on Tuesday evening

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A small firefighting plane crashed into Lake Livingston on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

The plane, a Fire Boss Single Engine Air Tanker/Scooper, crashed around 5 p.m., according to the Forest Service. The plane was helping fight wildfires in Polk County.

The pilot survived the crash and was quickly rescued, according to the forest service. The pilot was being treated at the scene of the accident.

The agency did not provide any further information about the pilot.

The plane does not belong to the forest service. The agency uses federal aviation contracts through the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for all firefighting aircraft, according to the press release.

There have been at least 12 active wildfires in Texas, including four separate fires in Polk Countyaccording to firefighters.

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