The Durango Air Tanker Base at the Durango-La Plata County Airport will receive some much-needed maintenance.
San Juan National Forest, which operates the base, plans to spend more than $1 million to renovate the facility so that it can continue to support rapid firefighting responses in the Four Corners.
“We’re investing in construction to upgrade the (base) ramp to a more modern facility and to replace some of the pavement that needs to be replaced,” said Scott Owen, spokesman for San Juan National Forest.
The base ramp, which is where planes are loaded with fire retardant, will be resurfaced. The U.S. Forest Service has been following the wear on the ramp and recognized that it needed maintenance to extend its life span, Owen said.
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