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The air tanker at Centennial Airport on Wednesday (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

The air tanker at Centennial Airport on Wednesday (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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Colorado Lawmaker Asking California For Help With Wildfire Air Support

A Colorado lawmaker will travel to California on Monday to ask for help with air support while fighting wildfires.

03/17/2014

An air tanker drops slurry over the Black Forest Fire (credit: CBS4)

Gov. Hickenlooper Working To Bring Permanent Aerial Firefighting Fleet To West

Colorado is one of the most active states for wildfires in the U.S. for the beginning of July. That has prompted Gov. John Hickenlooper to take action.

07/03/2013

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Aerial Firefighting Teams Responding Quickly To New Fires

When the Lime Gulch Fire flared up on Wednesday afternoon it seemed like there were helicopters doing bucket drops on the fire and C-130s releasing slurry almost immediately.

06/20/2013

An air tanker drops slurry (credit: CBS)

State Tanker Fleet? Wildfires Continue Debate

Colorado lawmakers passed several bills this year to prepare for future fire seasons.

06/12/2013

A heavy tanker (credit: Andrea Lopez)

Forest Service Fallout With Company Could Ground Air Tankers

Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado called on the U.S. Forest Service on Friday to make certain that a contract dispute doesn’t ground large air tankers used to fight wildfires.

05/21/2013

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