West Slope Airport Gets New Research Center

rifle airportThe Rifle-Garfield County Airport has won a statewide race to land a new research center to find the best ways to fight wildfires from the air. Researchers say they are trying to prevent a wildfire like the one that left 14 firefighters dead on Storm King Mountain in 1994. The Colorado Department of Public Safety’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control chose the Western Slope location in part because Colorado Mountain College offers a Fire Science Technology degree. Several other locations hoped to host the center, including Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Montrose and Jefferson County.

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