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3:10pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Wildfires

Colorado’s State-Owned Firefighting Fleet Ready For Takeoff

A Bell 212 Type 2 Helicopter. The state has contracts ready to go for one Type 2 and two Type 3 helicopters for Colorado's own fleet.
TheBrockenInaGlory Wikimedia Commons

Colorado’s own aerial firefighting fleet will soon be much bigger. Following Governor Hickenlooper’s May 12 signature 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.

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4:20pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Wildfires

Expecting A Normal Wildfire Season, Hickenlooper Signs Wildfire Legislation

Governor John Hickenlooper briefs reporters following a 2014 wildfire update.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

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.

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7:30am

Wed April 2, 2014
Wildfire

Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet

A Type 1 helicopter, known as a snorkel, drops water on the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, Colo., June, 2012.
National Guard Flickr - Creative Commons

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.

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8:00am

Thu March 27, 2014
Wildfires

Firefighting Personnel Readying For Colorado Fire Season

A military helicopter practices a water drop near Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton, CO
Nathan Heffel KUNC

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.

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11:14am

Fri March 21, 2014
Wildfires

Forest Service Bolsters Tanker Fleet Ahead Of Wildfire Season

A C-130 air tanker drops chemical fire retardant below Pilot Peak at the Rim Fire in California, 2013.
USDA Flickr - Creative Commons

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.

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