U.S. Forest Service


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


Fri June 8, 2012

Out of the Ashes of Hayman, A Unique Partnership Develops

Photo from June 29, 2002 from the Hayman fire, burned down to soil.
Rick Jacob Land Wikimedia Commons
  • Nathan Heffel interviews Randy Hickenbottom of the US Forest Service, and Mary Mitsos of the National Forest Foundation about the Hayman Restoration Project.

Colorado largest wildfire touched off ten years ago Friday. When it was finally contained – the Hayman fire southwest of Denver had scarred 138,000 acres. A unique restoration partnership between the US Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation continues to restore critical watersheds struggling to recover a decade later.

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