Hickenlooper Signs Bill to Increase Colorado’s Air Firefighting Fleet

fire season smallGovernor John Hickenlooper, after being briefed by state and federal firefighting bosses on the outlook for the 2014 wildfire season in Colorado, has signed legislation authorizing nearly $20 million to expand the state’s firefighting fleet.  Hickenlooper signed the bill early this morning.  The bill allows the state to buy two fire-spotting planes and contract for four helicopters and four single-engine tankers. The state currently has contracts for two single-engine tankers.  The state planes would supplement the fleet managed by federal firefighting agencies. State and federal agencies brief the governor on the fire season outlook every spring. 

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