News Release: State Fire Agency Sends Aircraft to Help Fight Texas Wildfires

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  State Fire Agency Sends Aircraft to Help Fight Texas Wildfires

DFPC aircraft will detect fire and provide real time intel to ground crews


Public Information Officer: Caley Pruitt | caley.pruitt@state.co.us | 720-391-1565

Lakewood, CO-  The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) has sent one of its two Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) to assist with multiple active wildfires burning throughout the State of Texas.

An MMA  departed for Abilene, Texas on March 18, 2022 to support a request from the Texas A&M Forest Service. The aircraft’s primary mission is to detect new fires, gather perimeters and other data on existing fires, and aid Incident Command personnel in making sound, tactical decisions, improving the safety and efficiency of the response. Recent snow storms have limited wildfire potential across much of Colorado, allowing DFPC to support partner States who have supported Colorado in the past.

“This year has the potential to be a challenging fire season,” said DFPC Director Mike Morgan. “DFPC is honored to support our fire partners in Texas during their time of need.”  

The second MMA will remain in Colorado to meet any in-state needs. Learn more about DFPC's Multi Mission Program

Learn more about the wildfires in Texas at the Texas A&M Forest Service Twitter Account.

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