(a)In general.--Except as provided in subsection (b), an individual who operates an unmanned aircraft
and knowingly or recklessly interferes with a wildfire suppression, or law enforcement
or emergency response efforts 1 related to a wildfire suppression, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for
not more than 2 years, or both.
(b)Exceptions.--This section does not apply to the operation of an unmanned aircraft conducted by
a unit or agency of the United States Government or of a State, tribal, or local government
(including any individual conducting such operation pursuant to a contract or other
agreement entered into with the unit or agency) for the purpose of protecting the
public safety and welfare, including firefighting, law enforcement, or emergency response.
(c)Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions apply:
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