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Notification: Front Range citizens be aware of firefighting aircraft conducting annual readiness training

Next week, residents near Jeffco Airtanker Base and along the Front Range of Colorado may see low-flying C-130 aircraft and U.S. Forest Service 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 during which training drops will be executed on the Arapaho and Roosevelt and Pike-San Isabel National Forests, as well as Bureau of Land Management lands in Southern Colorado. The aircraft will only be dropping water during the certification.

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

WHERE: Potential drop zones on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands (map attached)

Fairburn Mountain: This site is located on the Clear Creek Ranger District on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Gilpin County. It is northwest of the Cold Springs Campground and the intersection of State Hwy 119 and State Hwy 46. The site is 3.4 miles north of Central City.

Rock Creek: This site is located on the Boulder Ranger District on the Roosevelt National Forest in Boulder County. It is 1.4 miles south of Allenspark. It also sits west of the Bunce School road and east County road 107, approximately 1.5 miles west of Ironclad Climbing Area.

South Bald Mountain: This site is located on the Canyon Lake Ranger District on the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County. This site is 4.5 miles southwest of Red Feather. It is 3 miles northeast of Kinikinik and CO Hwy 14. South Bald Mountain is off of Forest Road 517.A

Sheep Mountain: This site is located on the Canyon Lake Ranger District on the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County. The site is 7 miles east of Red Feather Lakes. It is 3.5 miles north of County Road 74E. It is southwest of Stuart Hole and east of the Cherokee Park Wildlife Area.

Hackett Mountain: This site is located in the far northwestern corner of Teller County on the Pike National Forest, Hacket Mountain sits near the border of Park, Douglas and Jefferson counties, situated approximately 15 miles northeast of Lake George and 25 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

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.

Grand Canyon Hills: This site is located on Bureau of Land Management-Royal Gorge Field Office lands in Fremont County, southeast of the Royal Gorge Park and the Arkansas River, approximately nine miles west of Cañon City.

Big Hole: This site is located on Bureau of Land Management-Royal Gorge Field Office lands in Fremont County, approximately fifteen miles west of Cañon City and north of the Arkansas River.

WHEN: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1. Three military aircraft and up to five Forest Service aircraft will fly multiple training missions each day Monday through Thursday and potentially Friday.