GV Air Attack Base to start air ops April 20 | TheUnion.com

GV Air Attack Base to start air ops April 20

​The Grass Valley Air Attack Base at the Nevada County Airport is tentatively planning to begin flight operations on April 20 in support of the 2015 fire season.

This is the earliest the Grass Valley Air Attack Base has opened in recent history and is primarily because of the drought and fuel conditions in the region. This date is subject to change depending on precipitation events that may occur before then. The Nevada County Airport can be reached at 530-273-3374.

Air resources board urged to help reduce fire threat on public lands

​On March 18, Nevada County Supervisor Nate Beason and three other rural county supervisors met with Mary Nichols, chairperson of the California Air Resources Board, and members of her staff, in an effort to enlist CARB’s support in reducing wildfire risk on public lands and the consequent potential environmental impacts.

The supervisors addressed the increasing frequency and intensity of wild land fires in California, and as an example, pointed out the impact of the 2013 Rim Fire that produced over 11 million metric tons of carbon pollutants- the equivalent of adding an additional 2.3 million cars to the roadways, along with the destruction of forests, animal habitat and watershed.

The rural representatives asked the air board to consider investing some of the state’s $1 billion in cap and trade funds in federal forest fuel treatment projects.

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