CASPER, Wyoming – In the summer, Casper is the home base for two Single Engine Air Tankers, or SEATS, that help fight fires in Wyoming.
For more than two weeks, the Casper Natrona County Airport has been the host to a temporary large and very large air tanker base as the need for air fire fighting operations has increased.
“Casper’s centrally located in the state, it’s a very good place to put a tanker base to help support everywhere in the state of Wyoming,” said U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region Air Tanker Specialist Robby Cline.
The Forest Service controls the operation, they watch fire risk across the country and if the danger is high, they will choose temporary locations based on where resources are needed. Teams are brought in and a mobile retardant base is ordered and set up, then large and very large tankers (LATs and VLATs) can begin using the base.
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