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There are already rules on flying drones over fires; we need to enforce them

To the editor: Recent incidents of unmanned aircraft interfering with firefighting operations are concerning, but the best way to prevent future problems is more education and enforcement of existing regulations. ("Private drones are putting firefighters in 'immediate danger,' California fire official says," Aug. 18)

The Federal Aviation Administration has regulations in place to ensure that no aircraft — manned or unmanned — flies near wildfire operations unless they are supporting those efforts. More education and stricter enforcement are needed to ensure that unmanned aircraft operators know how to follow existing guidelines and keep people safe.

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That's why the Academy of Model Aeronautics works closely with the FAA and the unmanned aircraft industry on the Know Before You Fly campaign to ensure that new users have information on safety guidelines before they fly for the first time.

My organization encourages everyone to educate themselves on the FAA regulations to keep the skies safe for all.

Dave Mathewson, Muncie, Ind.

The writer is executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

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