National Interagency Fire Center
Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.
The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. military’s annual airborne firefighting training using air drops in Wyoming has been delayed to the end of the week because of high winds.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday there are initial talks with Western governors about sharing a regional aerial fleet to fight fires, although the idea is far from reality at the moment.
Four military firefighting planes are being moved to Arizona from Colorado.
As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.
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.
More than 1,000 soldiers from Fort Carson are being trained to fight wildfires amid a deadly and destructive fire season in the West.
Wildfires are roaring across Colorado and every resource the state has is in use. Coordinating the regional effort happens at the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Lakewood.
The National Interagency Fire Center said a strong La Nina weather pattern will mean a higher wildfire risk this summer in certain states.