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Forest Service may end ban on using firefighting aircraft at night

May 27, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
The head of the federal agency also tells a U.S. Senate panel that water-dropping helicopters would have been used on the first night of the Station fire had they been available.

The head of the U.S. Forest Service told a Senate panel Wednesday that water-dropping helicopters would have been deployed during the critical first night of last summer's disastrous Station blaze if they had been available and that the agency is considering ending its decades-long ban on using federal firefighting aircraft after dark.

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