AirTalk for May 26, 2010

Adam Schiff demands repeal ban on forest service night flights

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The 241-square-mile Station Fire blackens forests and races up rugged canyons along its eastern front deep in the Angeles National Forest on September 4, 2009 northeast of Pasadena, California.

Adam Schiff, Democratic congressman from the Pasadena – San Gabriel Valley area recommended repealing the U.S. Forest Service ban on night water drops during wildfires before a Senate committee today. Critics charge the night flight prohibition encouraged the deadly spread of last summer’s Station Fire which took the lives of two firefighters. Congressman Schiff called for a congressional investigation into the Forest Service night flight ban in December and believes that night aircraft firefighting prohibition needs to be re-examined, as new technology has enhanced the safety of such flights. Adam Schiff joins Larry to discuss repealing the ban.

Guest:

Adam Schiff, Democratic congressman representing the 29th District


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