Home » Greater Yellowstone »Jackson Hole »State of Wyoming » Currently Reading:

USFS Augments Slurry Fleet

slurry

While wildfires have not yet hit Northwestern Wyoming, local dfire officials are preparing for what promises to be a very active fire year in the summer ahead. With the recent crash of a slurry bomber while fighting a fire in Nevada, the US Forest Service is taking actions to maintain its aerial firefighting capability after that accident and a series of other events significantly reduced the number of airtankers available for wildfire suppression. The Nevada crash last Sunday resulted in the deaths of the plane’s two pilots. The U.S. Forest Service currently has nine large airtankers on exclusive use contracts and has arranged for a total of four additional airtankers to become available immediately for wildfire suppression. Two are CV-580s for use nationwide, one of which is available through an agreement with the state of Alaska and the other is available through an agreement with the Canadian Interagency Fire Centre. The other two airtankers will be available in California through an agreement with the state and funded by the U.S. Forest Service. Director of Fire and Aviation Management Tom Harbour explains that airtankers plan an important arole in wildfire suppression, particularly during the early stages known as “initial attack,” by dropping retardant that reduces the intensity and rate of spread of wildfires, enabling firefighters on the ground to safely construct fire lines.

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Hauling hay makes me consider ATVs - July 28, 2014
    In my days in the mountains, I’ve seen some horse wrecks that probably should have turned my hair gray prematurely. I’ve had horses go lame on me deep in the backcountry. And I’ve been awakened in the night to the sound of thundering hooves receding down the trail toward the trailer. None of those situations […]
  • Red Flag Warnings In Effect; Isolated Thunderstorms Possible Across Southeast Wyoming - July 25, 2014
    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of central and south-central Wyoming through today.  With drier conditions and breezy to gusty winds, there is an increased risk for initiation and the spread of wild fires.  Temperatures will remain quite warm to hot, with highs in the 80′s to low 90′s for […]
  • Diapers weren’t a magic bullet for staying cool - July 25, 2014
    I promised you yesterday that I’d test a new product to see how well it works to keep you cool when the temperatures climb toward triple digits.   In case you missed it, yesterday I talked about seeing an ad on TV for a new type of training pants. The ad said, and I quote, […]
  • I’ll try anything to stay cool in the summer - July 24, 2014
    I recently saw an advertisement for a product that’s sure to be a big hit with outdoorsmen. Especially those of us who stomp around in the woods when the temperatures climb into the nineties. Last weekend, I found myself sitting in jeans, boots, a long-sleeved shirt and a cowboy hat at Cheyenne Frontier Days. While […]

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin