Air tanker 09 making their last drop, September 1, 2008 before it crashed at Reno later that day.
The Bureau of Land Management will consolidate their air tanker operations that have been at Minden-Tahoe airport and Reno-Stead airport into just having facilities at the Reno-Stead airport.
Click on the map below to see a larger version. (Lake Tahoe is the large lake on the left or west side of the map.)
The BLM says they no longer have the funding to fully staff both bases.
The closing of the air tanker facilities is generating some conflicting opinions in the public comments following an article at RGJ.com. But the reality is, the two bases are only 36 miles apart, which is about 10-15 minutes flying time for an air tanker, depending on the type.
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