Air assault begins on Lower North Fork Fire

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- It's been a busy day at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport and, in this case, that's a good thing.

Three air tankers have been busy all day Tuesday loading up on fire retardant and flying 30-35 miles to the south and west to fight the Lower North Fork Fire.

The bigger, heavy air tankers are capable of dropping more than 2,000 gallons of retardant at a time.  The smaller one, a Single Engine Air Tanker, or SEAT, carries about 800 gallons.

Drops ended about a half-hour after sundown Tuesday.

They will resume Wednesday.

The winds were not as bad as they were Monday. Pilots and firefighters may not be so lucky Wednesday.