Colorado

Apr 14, 2014 4:27 AM by Bob Grotenhuis

Lawmakers Mull Aerial Firefighting Bill

DENVER - A landmark Colorado wildfire bill comes before state lawmakers this morning.

The measure would create the state's own firefighting air corps.

Governor John Hickenlooper commissioned a study after the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires.

The study concluded that an aerial fleet is critical to early containment of wildfires.

The report recommends the state get two multi-mission planes that will operate this year.

It suggests the state contract for four helicopters and four single-engine air tankers.

This is on top of any firefighting help Colorado gets from the feds.

A senate committee will vote on the aerial firefighting bill this morning.

We'll keep following the legislation as it makes its way through the statehouse.

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