DENVER (CBS4) – A new study says heavy air tankers that drop retardant are not the best way to fight wildfires.

The U.S. Forest Service commissioned the report which looked at the cost to buy aerial firefighting tools and the price of maintaining the planes.

The report found that smaller planes that scoop up and drop water cost half that of the tankers and can work more quickly.

The Forest Service says it thinks that report is flawed and has no plans to stop buying new air tankers.

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