Plane approved to fight Nebraska wildfires arrives
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An aerial tanker designed to fight wildfires has landed in Nebraska. The Nebraska Forest Service says the single-engine airplane arrived in Valentine on Monday. The plane will remain in the area under a contract with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The plane was part of the Wildfire Control Act, a state law that passed this year in the wake of massive wildfires in remote parts of Nebraska. The plane will mostly operate out of bases in Valentine, Alliance and Chadron. State Forester Scott Josiah has said he expects Nebraska to have larger and more intense "mega-fires," because heat, drought and climate change, as well as the spread of the highly flammable eastern red cedar tree.