It might be a slow wildfire season, but crews are still busy preparing. Colorado’s helicopter unit is taking advantage of the lull to train to be the first state team in the country that can fight fire at night.
The state sees it as a necessary tool as wildfires become more common with climate change. Nearly 3 million Coloradans now live in or near areas that are prone to wildland fire. That number has gone up 45% in the last five years.
“There is a particular need, especially in Colorado, to hop on these fires when they’re small and put them out when they’re small,” said Whitney Murphy, helicopter team manager with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
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