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A Government Accountability Office study concluded that although the federal fleet of firefighting air tankers has dropped from 44 to eight, the Forest Service still has no research plan for replacements.

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Fire danger soars as Forest Service air tanker fleet drops from 44 to 8

The U.S. Forest Service’s fleet of firefighting air tankers has dropped from 44 in 2002 to eight, even as the danger from major wildfires has soared.

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