Forest Service allows night aerial firefighting

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(AP) – Congressional representatives say the U.S. Forest Service has decided to allow nighttime aerial attacks on wildfires in Southern California. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen Adam Schiff and Buck McKeon announced the change of policy on Thursday.

The Forest Service has previously restricted aerial firefighting operations to daylight hours for safety reasons.

The issue has been under discussion since the 2009 Station Fire burned 250 square miles of the Angeles National Forest in 2009. Some critics of the firefighting effort contend it could have been contained when it was just a small blaze if nighttime aerial firefighting had been allowed.

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