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Senators suggest studying firefighting with drones

DENVER (AP) _ Senators for Colorado and Arizona want to see if unmanned
aircraft can help fight wildfires.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been working to establish six test
sites where small, low-flying drones could have access to national airspace.

This week Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona
introduced an amendment to create two more sites for drones that would focus on
wildfire monitoring, mitigation and containment. The proposal was introduced as
an amendment to legislation on transportation and housing spending.

Both Colorado and Arizona have had deadly wildfires this season.

Some states and cities have introduced proposals to curb the use of drones,
partly over privacy concerns.


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