Fire Aviation

Air plane dropping flame retardantCourtesy: Tayor Aviation

The Wildfire Control Act of 2013 enabled the establishment of Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) bases in Nebraska. SEAT bases are staffed by Nebraska Forest Service during the fire season, primarily working with a SEAT on contract to Nebraska through our partners at the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Permanent SEAT bases have been established at:

  • Miller Field in Valentine
  • Chadron Municipal Airport
  • Alliance Municipal Airport
  • Cozad Municipal Airport

In addition, a mobile SEAT base to support operations at airports without a permanent base was completed and a second mobile base is planned. 

Aerial Applicator Information

There are 22 aerial applicator companies, with 45 airplanes, who have agreed to cooperate with the NFS, in aerial fire suppression. Additionally, there are 20 locations around the state where firefighting foam is stored specifically for use in the aerial suppression of wildfires.

Complete details and specifics of this program are included in the publication Emergency Assistance for Wildfire Control.

You can also download the Aerial Wildfire Suppresion Statement (Applicator Billing Form).