Air tanker http://www.kunc.org en Colorado’s State-Owned Firefighting Fleet Ready For Takeoff http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-s-state-owned-firefighting-fleet-ready-takeoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado’s own aerial firefighting fleet will soon be much bigger. Following Governor </span>Hickenlooper’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;May 12 signature </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the bill authorizing a state-owned fleet, Colorado’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control has been busy contracting helicopters, single engine air tankers and early detection remote sensing aircraft.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:10:22 +0000 Nathan Heffel 58220 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado’s State-Owned Firefighting Fleet Ready For Takeoff Expecting A Normal Wildfire Season, Hickenlooper Signs Wildfire Legislation http://www.kunc.org/post/expecting-normal-wildfire-season-hickenlooper-signs-wildfire-legislation <p>As snow fell in Colorado Monday, Governor John Hickenlooper spoke about the state's 2014 wildfire outlook and signed three wildfire focused bills into law. While Northern Colorado has seen ample moisture, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control said the state should still expect to see an average to normal fire season.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:20:52 +0000 Nathan Heffel 56446 at http://www.kunc.org Expecting A Normal Wildfire Season, Hickenlooper Signs Wildfire Legislation Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://www.kunc.org/post/budget-may-douse-state-aerial-firefighting-fleet <p>Lawmakers on Colorado’s powerful joint budget committee are skeptical about finding money for an aerial firefighting fleet for the upcoming wildfire season. A report from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control recommends spending $33 million on spotter planes, small air tankers, helicopters, and leasing large air tankers for wildfire season.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:30:10 +0000 Bente Birkeland 55112 at http://www.kunc.org Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet Firefighting Personnel Readying For Colorado Fire Season http://www.kunc.org/post/firefighting-personnel-readying-colorado-fire-season <p>Despite Colorado’s higher than average snowpack, there’s no guarantee it will reduce the risk of wildfires in 2014. That’s why state, federal and military personal are taking the lessons learned during the severe 2012 and 2013 fire seasons to be better prepared.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Heffel 54967 at http://www.kunc.org Firefighting Personnel Readying For Colorado Fire Season Forest Service Bolsters Tanker Fleet Ahead Of Wildfire Season http://www.kunc.org/post/forest-service-bolsters-tanker-fleet-ahead-wildfire-season <p>They’ll be more air power available to fight wildfires in 2014 than in recent years. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho says up to 17 “exclusive use” air tankers will be placed strategically across the country, ready to deploy when fires erupt.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:14:23 +0000 Nathan Heffel 54832 at http://www.kunc.org Forest Service Bolsters Tanker Fleet Ahead Of Wildfire Season