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The DC-10 at the Black Forest Fire (credit: CBS)

Forest Services Expands Firefighting Tanker Fleet

As the Obama administration pushes Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight destructive wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday it was adding four aircraft to its firefighting fleet.

05/20/2014

John Hickenlooper at Monday's news conference (credit: CBS)

Wildfire Experts Predict Average Year For Colorado

Wildfire experts predict an average year for fires in Colorado in 2014, welcome news after two consecutive seasons that were worse than average, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday.

05/12/2014

A C-130 tanker (credit: CBS)

Airborne Firefighting Training Delayed

The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. military’s annual airborne firefighting training using air drops in Wyoming has been delayed to the end of the week because of high winds.

04/30/2014

An air tanker demonstration at Centennial Airport(credit: CBS)

Colorado Closer To Getting Own Firefighting Fleet

Colorado is one step closer to getting its own firefighting fleet just in time for wildfire season. A bill to establish the aerial fleet passed the state Senate.

04/25/2014

An air tanker demonstration at Centennial Airport(credit: CBS)

Firefighting Plane Proposal Clears Colorado Hurdle

A $21 million plan for Colorado to buy an aerial firefighting fleet designed to spot and attack wildfires faster has won initial approval in the Senate.

04/24/2014

An air tanker demonstration at Centennial Airport(credit: CBS)

What Colorado’s Aerial Firefighting Fleet Would Look Like

The bill to create Colorado’s own aerial firefighting fleet is getting bipartisan support and Gov. John Hickenlooper is on board. The funding has been approved and now more details are coming out about what the fleet would look like.

04/10/2014

Hayman Fire

Colorado Senate Funds Aerial Firefighting Fleet

Colorado lawmakers agreed Wednesday to budget $21 million for an aerial firefighting fleet designed to spot and attack wildfires faster, a response to historic back-to-back wildfire seasons.

04/03/2014

An air tanker demonstration at Centennial Airport(credit: CBS)

State Senator Holds Air Tanker Demo To Promote Firefighting Fleet Bill

Some state lawmakers believe Colorado should not have to wait for federal help when it comes to putting out state wildfires, and now they are working on a plan to bring an aerial firefighting fleet to the state.

03/26/2014

An air tanker at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (credit: CBS)

Air Tanker Base Moved To Fort Collins-Loveland

Large air tankers fighting wildfires along Colorado’s Front Range will be based at the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport this year.

03/20/2014

The DC-10 at the Black Forest Fire (credit: CBS)

Bill Calling For Wildfire Help From California Draws Contempt

Colorado lawmakers are already thinking about the next fire season and are now asking California for help to boost the state’s fleet if it’s needed.

03/18/2014

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