Aerial Support

When firefighters on the ground in Central Oregon need aerial support there are eight air tankers on stand-by in Redmond, ready to drop retardant on fast-moving wildfires.

Kassidy Kern of the U.S. Forest Service said she encourages people to come out to the Redmond air tanker base, located right next to the Redmond Airport, to get a first hand look at the tankers getting prepped and ready to take off to assist with fires burning across Oregon and in southern Washington.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker did just that, and went out to the base to see how they’re handling this potentially record-breaking fire season.

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