CANON CITY -- When it comes to battling the huge Spring Fire, the tiny Fremont County Airport is the busiest one in the nation this week providing support on the front lines of the air attack.
"This airport is No. 1 in the nation today. There are more planes on the ramp here than any other airport when it comes to the fire-fighting effort," said Ed Skerjanec, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Fire officer.
A total of nine single-engine air tankers were loading up with suppressant Monday. Some were flying to the south to work on protecting structures threatened by the Spring Fire near La Veta, while others were flying to the north to attack the 6,400-acre Weston Pass Fire 9 miles south of Fairplay, Skerjanec said.