Colorado Buys Fire-Spotting Planes To Battle Fires

August 20, 2014 9:03 PM

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks, deploying aircraft designed to pinpoint the location of blazes quicker after the first sighting of smoke with the aim of beginning suppression efforts faster.

The state is buying two fire-spotting planes as part of a fleet state lawmakers approved this spring after catastrophic wildfires raged in consecutive years, destroying hundreds of homes. The planes will have thermal-imaging capabilities from several miles away, and fire officials have set a goal of...

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