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Firefighting Fleet

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

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

GOP Pushes For State-Owned Firefighting Fleet

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.

01/24/2014

An air tanker drops slurry (credit: CBS)

Colorado Firefighting Fleet Moves Forward In Senate

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.

04/24/2013

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Colorado Senate Considers State Firefighting Fleet

Last year’s devastating fire season is prompting Colorado lawmakers to think about establishing a state firefighting fleet.

04/11/2013