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Antonovich: Lift ban on nighttime aerial firefighting

Posted: April 1, 2010 10:46 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2010 7:00 a.m.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich praised legislation by Rep. Adam Schiff requiring the U.S. Forest Service to lift a decades-old ban on nighttime aerial firefighting.

"The Forest Service's flawed policy prevented the early extinguishment of the recent Station Fire," Antonovich said in a statement. "As aircraft sat idling on the tarmac, the fire grew out of control - taking the lives of two firefighters, burning over 160,000 acres and destroying over 100 homes and structures."

In a series of letters to federal officials and a motion unanimously approved by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in the days and weeks during and after the fire, Antonovich called for a congressional investigation into the Forest Service's actions.


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