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Canadian crews help douse Lolo Creek Complex fires

Canadian crews help douse Lolo Creek Complex fires

MISSOULA — What’s the first thing a Canadian firefighter notices about working south of the border?

August 29, 2013 7:19 am Related Loading…
Only 1 of 7 next-gen tankers flying as fires burn

Only 1 of 7 next-gen tankers flying as fires burn

CHEYENNE — As fire season heats up, the U.S. Forest Service remains able to use only one of seven large, state-of-the-art air tanker planes it contracted last month to fight wildfires.

June 07, 2013 3:24 pm Photos

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Sen. Udall urges USFS to override Neptune Aviation's air tanker protest

Sen. Udall urges USFS to override Neptune Aviation's air tanker protest

CHEYENNE — Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado called on the U.S. Forest Service on Friday to make certain that a contract dispute doesn’t ground large air tankers used to fight wildfires as warmer, drier weather boosts the risk of destructive blazes.

May 17, 2013 4:06 pm Photos

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One-of-a-kind air tanker operator lands in Casper

One-of-a-kind air tanker operator lands in Casper

The company behind the DC-10 tanker aircraft that helped battle Casper Mountain's Sheep Herder Hill Fire in September will soon relocate its business to Casper, airport officials announced Tuesday.

May 14, 2013 11:45 pm Related Loading…
Wyoming C130s get practice fighting wildfires

Wyoming C130s get practice fighting wildfires

CHEYENNE — Two Air National Guard units that fly C-130 cargo planes against wildfires are taking part in annual training this week under new standards and procedures adopted since one of the specially equipped planes crashed last year.

May 07, 2013 8:35 am Photos

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DC-10 retardant tanker tours regional fire bases

DC-10 retardant tanker tours regional fire bases

MISSOULA — Tanker 910 pilot Jack Maxey had no trouble spotting Missoula International Airport from his DC-10 slurry bomber on Wednesday: It was the one with three Neptune Aviation BAe-146s lined up on the tarmac to greet him.

April 24, 2013 1:14 pm Photos

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Shooting restrictions resume on Pole Mountain area

Shooting restrictions resume on Pole Mountain area

LARAMIE — The U.S. Forest Service is restricting the shooting of firearms in the Pole Mountain area between Cheyenne and Laramie starting at the end of the month.

March 27, 2013 4:12 pm Related Loading…
Next-generation of firefighting air tankers on way, Forest Service chief says

Next-generation of firefighting air tankers on way, Forest Service chief says

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Forest Service will award long-delayed contracts to add several large, jet-powered air tankers to the nation’s fleet of firefighting planes in about two months, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Friday.

February 22, 2013 3:38 pm Related Loading…

Bids reopened on modernizing firefighting planes

MISSOULA -- The U.S. Forest Service is reopening bids for the next-generation of firefighting planes after two companies protested the initial award.

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Guest opinion: Reliance on Canadian aircraft leaves U.S. firefighters out of work

GB Aerial operates single-engine air tankers via firefighting contracts throughout the United States. Presently, we are on an exclusive-use contract with the Bureau of Land Management in Miles City.

September 12, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
DC-10, other firefighting aircraft rally from Casper airport

DC-10, other firefighting aircraft rally from Casper airport

CASPER, Wyo. — Rick Hopf needs to go bomb a fire. The DC-10 air tanker he flies has stood by, resting on the apron of the Casper/Natrona County International Airport all day Tuesday, as smaller aircraft fight the flames scorching Casper Mountain. But the midafternoon call has come. Hopf is p…

September 11, 2012 11:30 pm Photos

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Canadian tankers, helicopter key players in 2012 fire season

Canadian tankers, helicopter key players in 2012 fire season

If you've even glanced at one of Montana's myriad wildfires this summer, there's a good chance you've seen them buzzing overhead, dropping thousands of gallons of water and retardant on blazes that have crisped the state's landscapes.

September 06, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Upton fire destroys 1 house, forces evacuations

Upton fire destroys 1 house, forces evacuations

UPTON — One house burned and dozens of others were evacuated as a wildfire burned through the town of Upton in northeastern Wyoming.

September 05, 2012 4:34 pm Related Loading…
Blaze burning through rural area outside of Butte

Blaze burning through rural area outside of Butte

WHITEHALL — The 19 Mile Fire burned through grasses, sagebrush and timber Wednesday and destroyed two homes and two outbuildings as firefighters worked to protect the scattered houses in the area. A team of local volunteer and federal and state firefighters battled the blaze while Jefferson …

August 29, 2012 8:30 pm Related Loading…
Fire burning at Nineteen Mile southeast of Butte, evacuations ordered

Fire burning at Nineteen Mile southeast of Butte, evacuations ordered

8:15 p.m. — The Nineteen Mile fire burning southeast of Butte has reached 425 acres and continues to grow. The blaze is burning in the grass, brush and timber in the Rader Creek and Toll Mountain area north of Highway 2. Structures remain threatened and there are reports of damaged homes. Re…

August 28, 2012 7:31 pm Related Loading…
Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess.

August 17, 2012 2:50 pm Related Loading…
N.C. unit set to return to firefighting duty in West

N.C. unit set to return to firefighting duty in West

CHEYENNE — A North Carolina Air National Guard unit is set to return to firefighting duty six weeks after four of its airmen died in a crash in South Dakota.

August 10, 2012 12:04 pmLoading…

100-acre Churn Creek fire erupts near Shepherd

A late afternoon grass fire 10 miles north of Shepherd had emergency crews scrambling Sunday.

August 05, 2012 6:57 pmLoading…
Seminoe Fire threatens campground, BuRec housing

Seminoe Fire threatens campground, BuRec housing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A mandatory evacuation of a campground next to a popular fishing spot along the North Platte River was lifted Tuesday after danger from a wildfire burning north of Seminoe Reservoir in south-central Wyoming subsided, authorities said.

July 24, 2012 12:10 pm Related Loading…

2 fires started by lightning west of Billings

Fire crews aggressively hit two fires that started Saturday evening west of Billings.

July 21, 2012 9:23 pmLoading…

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