U.S. Forest Service


Mon June 25, 2012

Multiple Colorado Fires Prompt 'Area Command Team' Activation

The smoke from the High Park Fire as seen from Rocky Mountain National Park, photo taken on June 22nd.
Dave Dennis KUNC

With hundreds of thousands of acres burning across Colorado, the US Forest Service has activated its rarely used Area Command Team to manage the fires and their Incident Management Teams.

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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
Public Information Picassa-CreativeCommons

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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Tue June 19, 2012

High Park Fire Draws Scrutiny of Past Firefighting Efforts

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Governor John Hickenlooper and US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at the High Park Fire incident command post Saturday.
Kirk Siegler KUNC

With Colorado and the rest of the drought-plagued Southwest coming off a winter that saw a record low snowpack, federal fire managers battling the destructive High Park Fire west of Fort Collins are warning of a long, expensive summer ahead.

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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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