Air tanker


Fri June 22, 2012

Udall Praises Forest Service Air Tanker Fleet

A US Forest Service air tanker lands at the air tanker base in Broomfield, CO
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Colorado Senator Mark Udall was briefed Friday about efforts to contain the High Park Fire, as well as the strength of the US Forest Service air tanker fleet. 

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Thu June 14, 2012
Wildfire Science

What's So Great About Red Slurry?

Fire retardant slurry shoots out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a fire in California.
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Martin US Forest Service/Public Domain
  • KUNC's Nathan Heffel interviews Bernie Post, technical representative with Phos-Check of Ontario, California.

As of 6pm Wednesday, air tankers flying out of the JeffCo tanker base had dropped 58,557 gallons of retardant on the High Park Fire. So what is the red stuff falling out of the planes? How does it work?

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Wed June 13, 2012

Udall, Bennet Applaud Signing Of Firefighting Air Tanker Bill

  • KUNC's Nathan Heffel interviews CO Senator Mark Udall about the signing of a bill which will speed up the contracting of new US Forest Service air tankers. The current fleet stands around 17 tankers.

A bill to speed up the contracting of  seven new Forest Service air tankers has become law. President Barack Obama signed the bill Wednesday. While the new planes won't be ready to fight the High Park Fire, Senator Mark Udall says the tankers will modernize the fleet.

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Tue June 12, 2012

A Look At High Park Fire’s Air Fleet

This so-called sky crane or snorkel helicopter is one of the most complex pieces of machinery used to fight the High Park Fire. It has a hose that sucks up to 2,600 gallons of water to drop over hot spots.
Grace Hood

The Fort Collins-Loveland Airport is playing a key role in the efforts to fight the High Park Fire. The small commuter airport located between the two cities is a landing and refueling place for single engine air tankers and helicopters. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Jefferson County is the base for heavy air tankers.

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Tue June 12, 2012

No Frequent Flyer Miles To Pay For US Forest Service Air Tankers

P2-V air tanker lands at Fox Field in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA
Rennett Stowe Flickr - Creative Commons

Heavy firefighting air tankers are one of the most visible resources being used to fight the High Park Fire. The cost to fly and maintain the large aircraft is not cheap, and will continue to increase as the fire remains relatively uncontained.

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