Next week, residents and visitors near Jeffco Airtanker Base, southern Wyoming, and along the Front Range of Colorado may see low-flying C-130 aircraft and interagency lead planes. Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing and Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing will be hosting a yearly aerial wildland firefighting training and certification. Training drops, consisting of water only, will be executed on the Arapaho and Roosevelt, Medicine Bow, and Pike-San Isabel National Forests.
WHAT: Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) certification training
WHO: USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region
302nd Airlift Wing (AFRES) Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
153rd Airlift Wing (ANG), Cheyenne, Wyo.
Other fire partners
WHEN: Monday, May 10, classroom portion; Tuesday-Thursday, May 11-14, flight operations; Saturday-Sunday, May 15-16, make-up/additional training days if needed.
WHERE: Potential drop zones on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Medicine Bow, and Pike and San Isabel National Forests (see map above)
- Green Mountain:
This site is located on the Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The site is within the Pole Mountain Management Unit, 14 miles southeast of Laramie, WY, and a mile east of the intersection of Blair Wallis Road and Forest Service Road 707.
- Sheep Mountain:
This site is located on the Canyon Lake Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County. The site is 7 miles east of Red Feather Lakes, 3.5 miles north of County Road 74E, and southwest of Stuart Hole and east of the Cherokee Park Wildlife Area.
- South Bald Mountain:
This site is located on the Canyon Lake Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County, 4.5 miles southwest of Red Feather, 3 miles northeast of Kinikinik and CO Hwy 14. South Bald Mountain is off of Forest Road 517A.
- Rock Creek:
This site is located on the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest in Boulder County, 1.4 miles south of Allenspark, west of the Bunce School Road and east County Road 107, approximately 1.5 miles west of Ironclad Climbing Area.
- Farnum Mountain:
This site is located on the South Park Road of the Pike National Forest, approximately 5 miles southeast of Tarryall Reservoir in the Schoolmarm Mountain area of Park county, 20 miles North of Wilkerson Pass on Highway 24 and 40 miles west of Colorado Springs, CO.
- Hackett Mountain:
This site is located in the far northwestern corner of Teller County on the Pike National Forest, near the border of Park, Douglas and Jefferson counties, situated approximately 15 miles northeast of Lake George and 25 miles northwest of Colorado Springs, CO.
- 39 Mile Mountain:
This site is located on the Pike National Forest in Park County approximately 15 miles south of Eleven Mile Reservoir, 10 miles north of the town of Guffey, 8 miles east of Currant Creek Pass on Highway 9, and 40 miles due west of Colorado Springs, CO.
- South Hardscrabble Mountain:
This site is located 15 miles south of Florence, CO on the San Carlos District of the San Isabel National Forest, on the northern slope of the Wet Mountains.