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County Orders Three New Firefighting Airplanes for Next Fire Season

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Tom Fudge: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to rent some planes. On a unanimous vote, supervisors agreed to negotiate a lease for three aircraft that would be used to dump water or fire retardant during fire season. The price tag is about $3 million. Meanwhile, the county is still mulling a much more dramatic move...creating a regional fire authority that would incorporate a lot of the small, volunteer agencies that now exist in the backcountry.

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