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Old 09-05-2012, 5:29 AM
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Exclamation New fire W of Loveland

0430 hrs:
Two to three acres off Hwy 34 (1 mile east of mm82) in Big Thompson Canyon.
LFD and PFA making plans for further assessment and extended attack plan.
It is in steep terrain on USFS land.

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Drove through the area on Hwy 34 at 0530 lots of assets in place and preparing. This is very rugged terrain and not very accessable. Some of the fire was on the slopes in the canyon. This is on the South side of Hwy 34 and right near the entrance to Big Thompson Canyon right near the "Dam Store"
I would guess that they will be calling for some air assets to begin flying early.

Only traffic I have heard is on Larimer Co Mut Aid 1 (TGid 4054) and heard mention of V21 same tac channel as the last fire.

updates as I hear them.

73, Rex

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Old 09-05-2012, 8:28 AM
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Discussion a little while ago on Larimer MAC-1 was about getting CDOT signage and preparing for slurry drops real near the road.

Vicinity of Sylvan Dale Ranch.
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Old 09-05-2012, 8:37 AM
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Command has requested a chopper and a SEAT.

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Old 09-05-2012, 9:35 AM
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SEAT is a" Single Engine Air Tanker", basically a crop duster with fire retardant but has turbine engine instead of reciprocating engine

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Any more news on the fire?
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SEAT is a" Single Engine Air Tanker", basically a crop duster with fire retardant but has turbine engine instead of reciprocating engine

73, Rex
Unless they've changed the contract bid requirements, not all SEATs everywhere are turbine powered. It's just that the ones around here, typically are.
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All of the SEATs planes I've seen in Colorado and Wyoming are the Air Tractors with the turbine engines.
Aircraft | Air Tractor
After working on aircraft in the Air Force for 21 years I couldn't imagine trying to fly a SEATs with a recip
engine into the mountainous areas. That would definately create a big "pucker" factor.

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Post From the Loveland Reporter Herald

Small brush fire burning in Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland (slide show) - Loveland Reporter-Herald

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All of the SEATs planes I've seen in Colorado and Wyoming are the Air Tractors with the turbine engines.
Aircraft | Air Tractor
After working on aircraft in the Air Force for 21 years I couldn't imagine trying to fly a SEATs with a recip
engine into the mountainous areas. That would definately create a big "pucker" factor.

73, Rex
Correct. They're used in lower elevation areas and flatland if at all. Up here, you need the ponies. And even then, you better know what you're doing.

Mountain + Airplane, Airplane always loses.

Some are Pilatus and not Air Tractor out West here. Newer tech, same general idea and configuration.

Some really nice photos of just about everything that flies out of the base at Metro over on the Colorado Aviation Photographers group on Facebook, for those who like such things. Both the local SEATs and the various heavies that visit.
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Narrows Fire 50% Contained - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

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