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Durango Air Tanker Base Opens for Fire Season

Rotors and propellers sat at ease Wednesday as firefighters from a long list of agencies learned about one another’s aerial firefighting resources at the Durango Air Tanker Base at the Durango-La Plata County Airport. The base opened for the season May 15, and will remain open, staffed and prepared to respond to fires through Sept. 29.

Personnel from the San Juan Nation Forest, which operates the base, were joined by firefighters from the Durango, Los Pinos and Upper Pine Fire Protection Districts, as well as the Bureau of Land Management, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Flight for Life, Durango-La Plata County Airport, Bureau of Indian Affairs Ute Mountain Ute fire agency and Mesa Verde Interagency Helitack.

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