Drone Disrupts CAL FIRE Helicopter Operations

A drone reportedly disrupted firefighters responding to a brush fire in San Diego County on Tuesday.

According to a tweet from CAL FIRE San Diego, it observed a drone “in the airspace of the fire” shortly after it arrived via helicopter near Prospect Ave. in the City of Santee. In turn, it was forced to land the helicopter.

CAL FIRE notes that this “unauthorized intrusion” is a “danger to responders and the public in the area of the fire.”

Likewise, the City of Santee Fire Department, which was also battling the fire, says in a Facebook post that emergency aircraft are “vital to the safety of our community.”

“Please don’t restrict their ability by flying a drone,” the department adds.


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