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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 11, 2023, Business Meeting, and an additional company at the April 25 Business Meeting, all of whom may provide aerial support on wildland fires.

In 2021, the Board adopted the 5-year 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 LTD contract was secured providing Douglas County with a 153-day Exclusive Use (EU) from June 1, 2023, to Oct. 31, 2023, as well as options and the ability to extend or create additional EU periods.

The County also entered into contracts with 10 Tanker Air Carrier, LLC, Rampart Helicopter Services LLC,  Trans Aero LTD, Heliquest International, and Aero S.E.A.T. Inc. utilizing “Call When Needed” service options, effective April 12, 2023, through December 31, 2023.