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 in:
- Miller Field in Valentine
- Chadron Municipal Airport
- Alliance Municipal Airport
- Western Nebraska Regional Airport (Scottsbluff)
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.