Senator King looks at funding options for firefighting air corps

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The bill to create a firefighting air corps in Colorado has been approved for six months now, but state leaders are still figuring out how to fund it.

State Senator Steve King for District 7 said using a small portion of the state's $22 billion budget this year could help save lives and the environment.

"We need to, as a state, step up and deal with this," Senator King said. "Lives, property, water, air land. There's nothing more important than that."

Senator King also recommends selling advertising on the planes as a continuous source of revenue for the air fleet.

He said he thinks it will pay for itself within five years.

"We would be well on our way to dealing with what could be a catastrophic problem that could change Colorado for generations," he said.