P2-V air tanker lands at Fox Field in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA
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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.
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.
P2V Neptune Air Tanker. This is tanker 44 which was in service over the High Park Fire yesterday.
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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.