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Colorado signs contract to use SuperTanker on wildfires, pending software update

Colorado has signed a contract to use a large firefighting plane that lives in Colorado Springs, but doesn't fight the majority of Colorado fires.

DENVER -- The Global SuperTanker 747, an aircraft designed to fight fires that is based in Colorado Springs, could be used throughout Colorado in the coming weeks.

The state announced Thursday that the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) signed a contract to use the plane when needed, but it's not going to help with the fires burning right now.

According to a statement, the plane needs software that the U.S. Forest Service requires on air tankers The DFPC says it's working with Latitude Geographies Group Ltd, a software company based in Canada that works on mapping technology.

A spokesperson told 9NEWS they did not know how long it would take to get the software but said it's likely weeks, not months away - maybe even closer to days.

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The SuperTanker was under contract with only three local governments in the state before now: Colorado Springs, and El Paso and Douglas counties.

Multiple fires are currently burning in Colorado, the biggest being the Springs Fire, which has reached 103,000 acres in size and is 35 percent contained.

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