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Fire Retardant

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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RAND Corp.: Put water scoopers at core of firefighting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A think tank says the U.S. Forest Service should pursue a much different strategy for using airplanes to fight wildfires, one that relies more heavily on planes that scoop up water on the fly and less on air tankers that drop fire retardant chemicals and need to be reloaded …

July 30, 2012 12:24 pmLoading…
Military firefighting planes moved to Utah, Idaho

Military firefighting planes moved to Utah, Idaho

CHEYENNE — Six military cargo planes that are employed to drop fire retardant around wildfires have been moved to air tanker bases in Utah and Idaho to put them closer to the most active fires in the West.

July 12, 2012 7:02 pm Related Loading…
Air tanker base helps fight Montana wildfires from above

Air tanker base helps fight Montana wildfires from above

It’s a sight not often seen this summer at the Billings Inter-agency Dispatch Center’s headquarters just to the east of Billings Logan International Airport: airplanes on the ground.

July 08, 2012 5:46 pm Related Loading…
No new parts, support for C-130 wildfire system

No new parts, support for C-130 wildfire system

CHEYENNE — The demise of the only company that manufactured a device specially designed to spray fire retardant from the back of U.S. military C-130 cargo planes has some experts worried about the future viability of a program that has helped fight wildfires for 40 years.

July 06, 2012 5:16 pm Related Loading…
Debate over fire retardant toxicity rages in West

Debate over fire retardant toxicity rages in West

CHEYENNE — Add another concern for the tanker plane pilots who barnstorm low over treacherous terrain, in vintage aircraft, to bomb fire retardant around raging mountain wildfires: Endangered species.

June 21, 2012 7:37 pm Photos

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As wildfires rage, modern tanker planes sought

As wildfires rage, modern tanker planes sought

CHEYENNE — President Barack Obama signed a bill this week hastening the addition of seven large tanker planes to the nation's rundown aerial firefighting fleet, at a cost of $24 million. The same day, two C-130 military transport planes designed for that very purpose sat on a tarmac in Cheye…

June 14, 2012 2:22 pm Related Loading…
U.S. senators want review of Forest Service air tanker strategy

U.S. senators want review of Forest Service air tanker strategy

A group of Western senators says the U.S. Forest Service may not be moving quickly enough to build up and replace the fleet of aging planes that drop fire retardant on wildfires.

March 28, 2012 4:15 pmLoading…
U.S. Forest Service to use aerial fire retardant, with precautions to protect endangered species

U.S. Forest Service to use aerial fire retardant, with precautions to protect endangered species

MISSOULA -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has cleared the way for continued use of aerial fire retardant as long as pilots use special maps to avoid hurting threatened or endangered species.

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Forest Service reaches new fire retardant policy

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has cleared the way for continued use of aerial fire retardant as long as pilots use special maps to avoid hurting threatened or endangered species.

December 14, 2011 10:15 pmLoading…
Officials say maps should curb fire-retardant damage

Officials say maps should curb fire-retardant damage

MISSOULA -- A massive new map collection should keep firefighting air tankers and the fire retardant that they drop from hurting fish and other sensitive plants and animals, U.S. Forest Service officials said on Wednesday.

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Judge tells Forest Service to restudy fire retardant

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A federal judge Wednesday ordered the U.S. Forest Service to take a tougher look at the possibility that routinely dropping toxic fire retardant on wildfires from airplanes will kill endangered fish and plants.

July 28, 2010 9:20 pmLoading…

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