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Board of County Commissioners

Aerial support for wildfires

Air Support Readiness

To ensure the County’s air support readiness during wildfire season, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved contracts with four companies during their April 12, 2022 Business Meeting, all of whom may provide aerial support on wildland fires. To view the contracts in their entirety click here to access the April 12, 2022 Business Meeting agenda.

The Board also adopts the Annual Fire Operating Plan — which sets forth roles and responsibilities for the County, the State, and the U.S. Forest Service during a wildfire response in Douglas County.

Additional Support

Anticipated dry conditions in and around Douglas County, coupled with limited air resource availability in the region for fighting wildland fires, the Trans Aero Helicopter contract was secured providing Douglas County with two 45-day Exclusive Use (EU) periods, as well as options for call-when-needed air support and the ability to extend or create additional EU periods.

The County also entered into contracts with 10 Tanker Air Carrier, LLC, Aero S.E.A.T., HeliQwest International Inc., and Rampart Helicopter Services utilizing “Call When Needed” and “Exclusive Use” service options.