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Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold for Covid-19 Response

DENVER (AP) — As Western states prepare for this year’s wildfire season, the world’s largest firefighting plane has been grounded and could be converted to help fight against another crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic. After investing tens of millions into upgrading …

Small Sparks Can Lead to Big Wildfires

A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car’s backfire or a chainsaw’s pull. Just about anything could have started any one of the wildfires now tearing through Northern California, authorities said. “Every spark is going to ignite a …

Record Amount of Retardant Used in Northern California Wildfire

Firefighters are dropping record-breaking amounts of retardants on a massive Northern California wildfire that is burning explosively because of the prolonged drought. California firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service together had bombarded the conflagration with more than a half-million gallons …

Forest Services Expands Firefighting Tanker Fleet

The U.S. Forest Service says it is adding four aircraft to its firefighting fleet as California recovers from a spate of blazes and other fire-prone states brace for another hot, dry summer. In a statement, the service said it will …

Wyoming Air National Guard Practices Aerial Firefighting

The Wyoming Air National Guard is practicing fighting wildfires from the sky. Guard members plan to conduct training flights at the Camp Guernsey Training Center on Wednesday and will drop water to the ground in a fire exercise. The Wyoming …