For any interested, here’s an issue you could address with your congressperson, form NMAirbear’s post on theysaid:
Heads up, gang! There is a media-driven debate going on here in San Diego County concerning the use of firefighting aircraft after hours (i.e. “punkin time”). The issue is the detection of the Cedar Fire last Saturday at just about punkin time and our lack of aerial response. The “fingerpointing” and debate that is now front page news will get us (firefighters) nowhere as the basic issue is the safety of fire aviators versus protection of wildland/urban interface. The people raising this issue obviously place aviator safety behind their own agenda. They need to be silenced (congressmen?) as firefighter safety preempts all other objectives and agendas. This must remain inviolable.