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.
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.
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.
Colorado Republicans want the state to buy an aerial firefighting fleet to help combat wildfires, but it’s an idea Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper does not support.
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.
Last year’s devastating fire season is prompting Colorado lawmakers to think about establishing a state firefighting fleet.