Feds to spend $160M for more firefighting aircraft

05/6/2013 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

The U.S. Forest Service intends spend nearly $160 million in the next five years to buy speedier planes that can carry more fire retardant as the agency seeks to step up wildfire-fighting efforts. The process should be handled "as quickly as possible as we face the prospect of another challenging wildfire season with a dwindling legacy air tanker fleet," Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a statement.

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