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Gov. Heineman fortunate state hasn't used air-tanker 'this summer'

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Governor Dave Heineman says having an air tanker stationed in western Nebraska is an invaluable tool to help combat forest fires.

Last summer, devastating wildfires plagued the northern Panhandle causing property owners more than 100 million dollars in losses.

During this past legislative session, Senator Al Davis passed the 'Wildfire Control Act of 2013'.

Under the bill, a tanker is now permanently placed in Chadron and first responders are receiving more training on how to better fight wildfires.

Governor Heineman says he's fortunate the state hasn't had to use the air tanker this summer.

"If we can get through the next couple of weeks with more moisture and cooler temperatures, we can get through this fire season without any wildfires. That would be very good news but we'll be ready next year."

Governor Heineman says this bill is helping first responders have a leg-up on any potential future disasters.

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