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Congressman Garamendi introduces bill to Ban Private Drones within two miles of wildfire or airports for public safety

Congressman John Garamendi, the former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department and a current Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has introduced legislation that would restrict private drones within two miles of a wildfire or airport. The bill would make it a federal offense, punishable by up to a year in prison or fines, to fly a commercial or private drone over an airport or active wildfire. The legislation is in direct response to several incidents in California where private drones observing wildfires forced firefighting agencies to postpone air response out of fear of collision.

“Private drones impede emergency air response in situations where seconds matter. The regulations are not keeping pace with the technology, and it is putting lives, property, and habitats at risk,” Congressman Garamendi said. “In California, we’ve seen air response to wildfires delayed due to private drones, and it’s made a dangerous situation worse. I understand the drone operators are not usually being malicious, but they are being reckless. It’s time to set clear boundaries and clear consequences for dangerous behavior that puts lives at risk.”

The U.S. Forest Service has identified 13 different wildfires this year where drones interfered with firefighting, up from four the previous year. Most severely, during the Lake Fire in San Bernardino, drones forced low flying aircraft dropping fire retardant to abandon their mission at a critical juncture, enabling the fire to spread further and causing preventable property damage.

Drones have also been spotted over airspace at several U.S. airports, including John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and LAX, disrupting flights and putting lives in danger.

As the Forest Service notes, “The unauthorized use of a ‘drone’ in the area of a wildfire poses serious safety risks to wildland fire aviators in the air and firefighters on the ground. Recent incursions have caused air operations over fires to be halted, increasing risks to firefighters and the public.”

Garamendi believes his legislation is essential to protect human life and property, and he will spare no effort to give this bill a hearing when Congress returns to session in September.■

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
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Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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