Shoshone Forest To Have Helicopter On Stand-by

Cody, WY – The Shoshone National Forest is getting something new to help battle wildfires. A Type Two medium helicopter will be stationed in Cody to help with the summer's wildfire season. Acting Fire Management Officer Clint Dawson says the helicopter can carry twice as much water and twice as many firefighters when compared to the light helicopters they've used in the past. Even with the new equipment, Dawson expects a challenging fire season ahead. He says with continuing drought conditions and the number of trees killed by pine beetles, he hopes the helicopter will be able to help keep fires small. The helicopter is one of 45 being added for this season by federal firefighting agencies.