Aviation

Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew Deploys Fire Shelters in AZ Blaze

POTRERO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfires burning in the U.S. West: Firefighters who deployed their fire shelters this week while battling an Arizona blaze were part of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew. Six firefighters in the 20-member ...

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Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts at Utah Wildfire

Officials say drones halted aircraft operations at Saddle Fire   PAMELA MANSON, The Salt Lake Tribune Efforts to fight the Saddle Fire in southern Utah have been hampered by the public using drones in the area, fire officials said Sunday. ...

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Working with Aircraft

The application and tactical benefits of rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft   TODD MCNEAL | From the April 2016 Issue of FireRescue Magazine As the wildland fire conditions continue to increase in intensity each year throughout the West, wildland firefighters have ...

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Global Supertanker Arrives in Colorado

Boeing 747-400 can carry 19,400 gallons   The nation’s largest firefighting aircraft is ready to call Colorado Springs home. Global SuperTanker Services LLC company CEO and founder Jim Wheeler, brought the Boeing 747-400 to Colorado Springs Airport on Tuesday ahead ...

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Oklahoma Forestry Officials Give Warning to Drone Operators

Officials say three incidents have already occurred in past months OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say the operators of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, should avoid flying near or over wildfires. State Forester Georg Geissler ...

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Utah Bill to Ban Drones near Wildfires Gains Progress

House passed bill to ground drones and sent to Senate The Salt Lake Tribune The Utah House voted Monday to ground unmanned aerial drones that interfere with fighting wildfires. It passed HB126 on a 66-7 vote, and sent it to ...

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Utah Seeks Jail Time for Drone Operators over Wildfires

Legislation creates jail time as an effort to avoid aerial collisions HALLIE GOLDEN, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When a fire broke out last year near a Utah mountain lake, firefighters had to ground their airplanes and helicopters ...

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