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As wildfires rage, questions arise about lack of air tankers to fight the flames

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 11:24am MDT

Summer is barely a week old and yet hundreds of thousands of acres in the West have burned causing tens of millions of dollars in damage. As Colorado and New Mexico cope with record-setting disasters, many are asking questions about the lack of a competent air tanker fleet after a decade of decline.  Read more on Examiner.com about why President Barack Obama may face tough questions when he comes to Colorado tomorrow.

A U.S. Forest Service aircraft breaks away as a Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 begins dropping retardant on the Waldo Canyon fire. Photo credit:  U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher

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