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Gazette Premium Content Report recommends $33 million to fight Colorado wildfires

By Kurtis Lee, The Denver Post Updated: March 29, 2014 at 11:42 am
By Kurtis Lee, The Denver Post Updated: March 29, 2014 at 11:42 am • Published: March 29, 2014

A much-anticipated report from Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration on whether Colorado should have its own air fleet to combat deadly wildfires recommends far more ambitious strategies than a measure being proposed in the state legislature. The report from Paul L. Cooke, head of Colorado's...

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A much-anticipated report from Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration on whether Colorado should have its own air fleet to combat deadly wildfires recommends far more ambitious strategies than a measure being proposed in the state legislature.

The report from Paul L. Cooke, head of Colorado's Division of Fire Prevention and Control, says that while the state should not own its own air fleet, money should be spent to contract for use of four helicopters, four single-engine air tankers and two large fixed-winged air tankers, among other suggestions.

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