GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Soon Colorado may buy its very own firefighting fleet, an investment that would cost the state millions, but also protect a water supply that serves 40 million Americans.
The bill would give Colorado’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control the funds to buy or lease firefighting helicopters and a large aircraft. Senator Steve King endorsed the bill and it has made its way through both the house and the senate. Now it’s on its way to the governor.
"We have every belief and expectation that the governor will be signing the air fleet bill which brings Colorado one step closer to being proactive when it comes to our watersheds,” King said.
After some challenging wild fire seasons and years of drought, the state has 4 million acres of dead trees surrounding the Colorado River. Those trees could be harmful to the water supply.
The air fleet would not only help prevent the loss of more homes, but it would also preserve the environment and keep the Colorado River from being contaminated.