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2014-05-23 20:20:38

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- More helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are being deployed to battle the Slide Fire in Northern Arizona. The fire, which has consumed over 4,830 wildland acres, is burning in the Flagstaff area which includes Sedona, one of the state's major tourist destinations. The additional aerial assets have been ordered to the scene by the US Forest Service, as more residents have been told to evacuate by local authorities over the last few...

2014-05-19 16:20:32

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) applauds the decision by the Colorado Legislature to continue contracting for aerial firefighting services from the private sector, instead of opting for State ownership and operation of all fire-combating aircraft--which was under consideration. The "Colorado Aerial Firefighting Fleet Acquisition" bill, known as SB 14-164, was signed into law by Governor...

2014-05-19 08:20:45

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Private operators of fixed wing tankers and helicopters are deploying assets to San Diego County, California, to help fight a series of catastrophic, still uncontained fires which have destroyed nearly 10,000 acres, and an estimated 30 structures to date. "Our focus has been on the Freeway Fire near Camp Pendleton since May 13, using a P2V and a BAe 146 tanker flying out of San Bernardino," said Dan Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of...

2014-05-13 08:24:49

ASHLAND, Ore., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fire scientists are releasing a new synthesis of the ecological benefits of large wildfires, including those that kill most vegetation in fire-adapted forests, grasslands, and shrub lands of the western U.S. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140512/86768Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140512/86755 These benefits are described in a Prezi presentation, "Fireside Chat: Lessons from Fire Ecology and Post-fire...

2014-04-29 08:27:45

National Wildfire Community Preparation Day is May 3, 2014 BLOOMINGTON, Ill., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildfires are a serious threat to lives and property. The combination of drought, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. In 2014 alone, more than 16,400 fires have burned 266,000 acres across the United States. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

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...


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