Bill on wildfire-fighting plane heads to final vote in Nebraska Legislature

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN (AP) — A bill designed to help fight wildfires in rural Nebraska advanced Wednesday to a final legislative vote after lawmakers agreed to reduce the number of firefighting planes.

The new legislation would reduce the number of single-engine aerial tanker planes stationed in Nebraska from two to one. It also would increase the number of bases that are equipped to service the firefighting plane. The state would have to contract to construct at least two single-engine air tanker bases, and develop at least one mobile base.

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