Firefighting Air Resources are Aging and Costly

12/18/2013
In the second of a four part series, The Iowa Times-News examines wildfire firefighting. In today's story, the newspaper takes a look at firefighting resources. When firefighters could no longer contain the flames threatening homes in the Wood River Valley this summer, fire officials looked to the sky. "Here comes the air show," many shouted as air tankers and helicopters were called in to drop hundreds of thousands of gallons of retardant and water onto the flames. The wildfire was ravaging the hills surrounding Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley just days after lightning sparked the fire Aug. 7. Due to the fire's erratic behavior, the Blaine County Sheriff's Office ordered mass...

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