U.S. Forest Service


Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

As Wildfires Rage, 'A Helpless Feeling'

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 8:14 am

Near Laporte, Colo., earlier this week, smoke billowed from the mountains. In the foreground: A helicopter was dumping water on a hotspot.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images


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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Mon June 11, 2012

High Park Fire: Under New Management

Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander.
Kirk Siegler KUNC
  • KUNC's Erin O'Toole speaks with KUNC's Kirk Siegler about today's change in fire management.

Management of the High Park Fire burning west of Fort Collins has been turned over to a federal Type 1 team today. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole spoke to KUNC’s Kirk Siegler about what that means for fighting the 37,000 acre blaze.


Sun June 10, 2012

U.S. Forest Service Remains Confident About Air Tanker Fleet Capability

P2V Neptune Air Tanker. This is tanker 44 which was in service over the High Park Fire yesterday.
Alan Radecki Wikimedia Commons

Despite two recent air tanker crashes in Utah and Nevada, and multiple large fires across the country including the now 8,000+ acre High Park Fire northwest of Ft. Collins, the US Forest Service says it remains fully capable of fighting multiple fires from the air.

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Fri June 8, 2012