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.
President Barack Obama signed a bill this week hastening the addition of seven large tanker planes to the nation’s rundown aerial firefighting fleet, at a cost of $24 million.
A bill to speed up the contracting of the next generation of air tankers is about to become law.
With another wildfire making headlines in Colorado, it is only a matter of time before political issues surrounding the wildfire season to heat up.
The smoke from the High Park Fire is causing its own problems as smoke kept the air tankers grounded part of the day on Sunday.
There are only 10 heavy air tankers in the U.S. used for fighting fires. Colorado has two of them helping fight the Hewlett Fire burning in Poudre Canyon.
Wildfire season in Colorado is off to an early start this year. Sen. Mark Udall is concerned the U.S. Forest Service may not have the resources it needs to keep Coloradans safe.