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.
The High Park Fire has scorched more than 43,443 and is only 5% percent contained. Fire mangers say part of the difficulty in fighting the fire is because the fire itself isn’t behaving in a typical fashion.
KUNC’s Kirk Siegler reports on the High Park Fire for NPR.
Crews are struggling to get the upper hand on several large, destructive wildfires burning across the parched southern Rockies. In Colorado, the High Park Fire that sparked over the weekend has quickly grown to be one the largest wildfires in state history.