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Supervisors formalize request to enable night flying for firefighting aircraft


Last updated 6/26/2008 at Noon

A Bombardier CL-415 Superscooper

In the years since the October 2003 Cedar Fire which spread after dark, members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors have expressed concern that California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection helicopters were prohibited from flying at night.

The spread of the October 2007 fires created additional comments, and on June 17, 2008, the supervisors approved a formal motion seeking dialogue and potential legislation to allow CalFire helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to fly at night.

“Our firefighters must have every tool available,” said Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. “Allo...

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