Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center
March 23, 2017
Each spring and summer federal agencies responsible for fighting wildfires in southern Arizona activate aircraft for use in fire suppression activities. This year 'fire season' has arrived early due to warm and dry conditions which have dried out vegetation, especially in lower elevations. Agencies in southern Arizona will be activating their aircraft bases full time in April.
In anticipation of a busy fire season the Coronado National Forest is redistributing an aerial operations power point presentation and a prevention poster for general aviators. The documents explain some of the uses of aircraft at wildfires and some of the dangers of operating an aircraft near a wildfire. If you would distribute these to your organizations and/or put them on display for pilots and student pilots I would appreciate it. One of our goals to improve safety for fire fighting aircraft is to communicate possible airspace conflicts between fire fighting aircraft and general aviators.
Thank you and I appreciate you taking the time to review the attachments and distribute them to pilots and members of your organizations.