The Colorado Senate gave initial approval to establishing a state firefighting fleet to supplement a fleet managed by the federal government, even though lawmakers have not allocated money for it.
Colorado is a step closer to having its own fleet of air tankers. A state Senate committee approved legislation on Thursday that could dramatically change how the state fights wildfires.
Lawmakers in Colorado don’t want to rely on the federal government to provide a firefighting fleet from the air. They want the state to have their own resources when it comes to fighting wildfires.
A plan that could dramatically improve wildfire fights in colorado calls for the state to have its own fleet of air tankers.
Colorado’s elected officials are still begging for money to help repair the damage from last year’s wildfires.
One Colorado senator wants air tankers to be a more frequent sight during the wildfire season in Colorado and throughout the West, but as of right now, Washington red tape is holding it up.
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.