Pitkin County sheriff seeks firefighting funds, just in case
July 3, 2012
ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners will be presented with a request Tuesday from Sheriff Joe DiSalvo to appropriate $125,000 from the county’s contingency funds to aggressively respond to any wildfire in the county.
The county manager and Sheriff’s Office have proposed taking an additional $10,000 from the county’s strategic initiative fund for continued and expanded public outreach to help residents and visitors understand the extreme fire danger and behave accordingly.
County staffers estimate that large tanker drops (10,000 to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant) will cost the county about $10,000 per drop; light- to medium-size drops will run an estimated $2,000 to $5,000 per drop.
If commissioners informally OK the request Tuesday, a formal budget supplemental request will be drafted for approval.