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U.S. Forest Service now housing firefighting planes at Pueblo Airport

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 21:39:47-04

PUEBLO — The U.S. Forest Service now has a new home in southern Colorado for it's firefighting aircraft.

The agency is housing its planes at the Pueblo Airport. An agreement was just reached with the city this week.

The airport will also be used as a refill station for retardant.

The USFS said this is a good location to house its planes because they'll be able to respond quickly to wildfires in southeast Colorado.

"You have your turn around times, which are down to 30 minutes or less. So it is very efficient to have this base in Pueblo," USFS PIO Ralph Bean said.

The current agreement lasts through October.