Fuel shortage could hinder aerial attacks on wildfires

    BOISE — Airport officials, including those in Northeastern Oregon, facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they’ll have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants during what could be a ferocious wildfire season, potentially endangering surrounding communities.

    Sporadic shortages at some tanker bases in Oregon and Utah have already been reported. No shortages have been reported in La Grande but its tanker base is preparing for the possibility.

    The worry is that multiple bases will go dry simultaneously during what is shaping up to be a very busy wildfire season in the U.S. West. Tanker bases in Arizona, where many large fires are burning, have also had jet fuel supply issues in the last month.

    Read more on this story at the LaGrange Observer

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