GREAT FALLS - A Fort Benton woman says she still has questions after reading a federal report that found fire dispatchers urged her pilot husband to fight a Colorado wildfire despite his concerns about high winds.
Esme Marais says she wants to know exactly who at the Colorado State Forest Service dispatch facility pushed her husband to fight a fire at Fort Carson, Colo., and why.
The National Transportation Safety Board found that Gert Marais warned officials about high winds several times on April 15, but was still urged by a dispatcher to fight the Fort Carson fire. His plane crashed after he dropped his load of water and foam.
Esme Marais says she hopes her husband's death will bring about changes in the center's dispatch procedures.
Officials with the Rocky Mountain Area Fire Coordinator Center, which manages firefighting efforts in Colorado, are reviewing the report and have not issued an official response.