Construction is contingent upon the Environmental Assessment (EA) process and is conducted in partnership with Cedar City Corporation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States Forest Service (USFS) , and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
“Geographically, Cedar City is the ideal location to expand aerial fire suppression capabilities. Upgrades are designed to provide multiple benefits to southern Utah and the west at critical times of need,” said Matt Huse, BLM Assistant Aviation Unit Manager. “Our firefighting coverage area will greatly expand, increasing the efficiency and capabilities of large aircraft using this air center,” Huse said.
Benefits to fire managers and tax payers are expected to be seen in the form of reduced operating costs and improved safety. With stronger and longer runways, aircraft will use less fuel and will be dispatched to wildfires with maximum fuel and retardant levels. Uprgades will also create less departures and landings.