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U.S. failed to fill order for aircraft in Station fire

Jun 15, 2010 9:39:00 PM - latimes.com
The agency didn't press to get tankers in the air quickly, despite its own commanders' urgent request, records and interviews show.

The U.S. Forest Service failed to fill an order for air tankers that its own commanders urgently requested for an assault on the disastrous Station fire before it began raging out of control, according to records and state officials — a finding that rebuts months of assertions by the federal agency that it took every step to deploy the planes as quickly as possible.

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