News Release: State Fire Agency Sends Aircraft To Help Combat Alaska Wildfires
State Fire Agency Sends Aircraft To Help Combat Alaska Wildfires
July 2, 2019
Caley Fisher | Public Information Officer
Denver, CO - The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) is sending one of its two Multi-Mission Aircraft’s (MMA) to assist with the wildfire situation in Alaska. The second MMA will remain in Colorado and continue supporting fires and other hazards here.
The national structure for combating wildland fires is a cooperative, interagency system involving local, state, and federal agencies. “When Colorado needs help fighting wildfires in our state, we rely on other states to send their resources,” said DFPC Director Mike Morgan. "Other states have answered Colorado’s call for help in past years, and we are honored to provide assistance back to our partners during this time.”
The MMA will depart Centennial today and will be based out of Fairbanks, AK. The MMA team consists of two mission sensor operators, a pilot, and a mechanic. The MMA's mission will be to support initial attack and provide intelligence on emerging new fires and existing large fires in central Alaska.
Learn more about the MMA program at colorado.gov/dfpc