LOVELAND, Colo. (KDVR) — Following a historic year for wildfires in Colorado, state fire officials could be considering new tactics for 2020.
Among them: nighttime aerial drops, something that’s never happened before in Colorado.
Zachery Sullivan works for Colorado Fire Aviation, which already has contracts with the state for daytime firefighting operations.
He says the company has been working for the past two years to bring night operations to Colorado.
“2020 brought us things that we’ve never seen, so we wanted to bring that technology here and say here’s a way to fight these fires that we’ve never seen before,” he said.
Currently, Colorado Fire Aviation operates nine single engine air tankers throughout Colorado, Nevada and Oregon, including two tankers operated out of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport and four tankers out of Grand Junction.
Wednesday night, crews simulated a fire near Heaven’s Gate Ranch, west of Loveland.
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