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2014-04-17 08:22:47

Republican front runner in Texas Ag Commissioner Race calls on Governor Rick Perry to mobilize Texas State Guard to assist landowners on Red River STEPHENVILLE, Texas, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sid Miller, front runner in the Republican race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, warned Texans to remain vigilant against attempts by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to seize 90,000 acres of privately owned land along the Red River. He further called on Texas Governor Rick...

2014-03-27 20:20:07

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- At the urging of the privately operated aerial firefighting industry, Colorado State Senator Steve King (R-Grand Junction) has inserted language into a Bill, which--if enacted--would give the Colorado Division Of Fire Prevention And Control the authority to lease or contract three Type 1 helicopters and up to "four large aircraft from the Federal government or other sources" for aerial firefighting. The legislative proposal, known as...

2014-02-26 12:20:37

The Colorado Firefighting Air Corps can fight the most dangerous wildfires by acquiring Next Generation airtankers through a build-operate-transfer partnership. DENVER, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- State Senator Steve King announced today that the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps can acquire Next Generation airtankers through a build-operate-transfer partnership and save the state billions of dollars in wildfire damage. King will introduce a bill next month that would authorize a...

2014-02-19 12:22:19

2014 Fire Season Preparedness WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighting companies have focused on an earlier than normal fire season in the western United States as the region continues to cope with dry conditions. But that does not mean they are taking short cuts in a multi-step annual preparedness process, which includes scheduled aircraft maintenance. For example, Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Oregon, operates a Model 234 Chinook and...

2014-02-18 16:20:27

Intermountain Helicopter Upgrade WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighting specialist Intermountain Helicopter is putting its only aircraft, a Bell 212 HP, through an estimated $450,000 retrofit involving airframe modification, an avionics upgrade and engine replacement in preparation for this year's fire season. Of that amount, some $70,000 will be spent to meet US Forest Service (USFS) contractual mandates. "It is very unusual for a company of our size...

2014-01-21 08:20:47

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With a declared drought and record high winter temperatures driving an early fire season in California, operators of fixed wing air tankers and water-dropping helicopters are moving aircraft and crews into Southern California at a nearly unprecedented time of the year. "This is probably the earliest start to the fire season in California that I have seen," said Larry Kelley, the Boise, Idaho-based Director of Fire Operations for CHI...

2014-01-08 12:20:29

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With a record-breaking year for low rainfall in California, aerial firefighters are on alert during what has historically been a post-fire season period for the drought-plagued state. Indicative of the seriousness of the extremely high fire danger right now, Rogers Helicopters received an exclusive use contract extension from the US Forest Service (USFS) for one of its Bell 212 helicopters, according to Robin Rogers, the...

2013-12-24 08:22:16

DUBLIN, December 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dublin - Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/bgrwsm/nonhalogenated) has announced the addition of the "Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants Market For Polymers - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth And Forecast, 2012 - 2018" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/bgrwsm/nonhalogenated ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) The demand...

2013-12-19 23:03:15

Wilderness Society annual awards note eight areas of achievement by agency staff. Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 19, 2013 In an annual Wilderness Society review of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) activities, eight land management efforts are being recognized as significant achievements for 2013. The annual Comparative Analysis of Particular Excellence (CAPE) awards highlight agency plans and activities that promote conservation of our wildlands and seek to achieve “balance” for the...

2013-12-18 16:20:08

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighters have quickly deployed helicopters to California's scenic Big Sur coastline to contain a stubborn wildfire burning since Sunday, December 15 in the nearby Los Padres National Forest. The Pfeiffer Fire, which has destroyed over 550 acres and 15 homes, is happening during what is normally the close of the California fire season. "This is unusually late in the season for us to activate a helicopter to...