BLM Buys New Weapon to Fight Wildfires

BLM Buys New Weapon to Fight Wildfires

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- As wildfire season approaches, firefighters will have a new weapon to fight the flames.

The Bureau of Land Management has purchased a new firefighting technology.

BLM spokesman David Boyd said the ten-foot-tall monster truck is one of only three in the country.

BLM Buys New Weapon to Fight Wildfires

The Wildland Ultra XT six-by-six Water Tender cost 318-thousand dollars. That's about 100-thousand dollars more than a traditional fire engine.

BLM firefighter R.J. Johnson said the new machine can go where the typical fire engine can't. He said it can carry more water to more fires and help keep down costs.

The Utah fire engine will be based in St. George and used by the Color Country Interagency Fire Agency. It will be used to fight wildland fires in southwestern Utah and on the Arizona Strip south of the Utah state line.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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