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U.S. and elsewhere."We are very adamant about the validity of our scooper cost estimates and disagree strongly with Mr. Tidwell on that point," Keating said.Right now, the Forest Service doesn't contract for any water scoopers to fight wildfires.
But the chief of the federal Forest Service, which commissioned the study, has rejected its central finding. The problem is urgent because destructive fires are increasingly frequent, and the existing fleet of planes, leased from private operators,...