Senator Tester on Tuesday released the following statement after the U.S. Forest Service announced that Missoula-based Neptune Aviation will provide three additional air tankers to the agency’s fleet this summer to combat wildfires in Montana:

“Wildfire season is always unpredictable, and that means we need to make every resource available to keep folks safe.  I’m proud that a Montana company will work with the Forest Service to protect our communities and our forests – in Montana and across the West.”

The additional aircraft bring the Forest Service’s firefighting fleet to 21 air tankers and more than 100 helicopters.

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