Southern California firefighters are still actively tackling as many as six wildfires. While your drone might catch some epic photos, they’re sharing the sky with air tankers, firefighting helicopters, and other craft that are flying to actually fight the devastating and destructive flames.
The Maria Fire in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, is only 50 percent contained and has scorched more than 9,400 acres since starting on Halloween. In the few days since, already two “unauthorized drones” have impeded water dropping efforts to quench the flames.
At least three firefighting helicopters had to stop flying for for about an hour for both incidentsThe Weather Channel reported that law enforcement addressed the issue at a Friday news conference: “This creates a very significant hazard for our airborne firefighting assets and causes them to land and stop firefighting