Southern California Rotorcraft Association

Drone Grounds Firefighting Aircraft Over Fire In Cajon Pass

Aerial firefighting efforts for the North Fire were suspended earlier today when a drone was spotted in the vicinity of the fire near the Cajon Pass. While firefighting operations resumed a short time later, the fire had spread and in the end, numerous passenger vehicles caught fire on the freeway as their owners fled on foot.

Incidents like these are becoming more common as the popularity of drones has risen and the costs have dropped. Fire officials are urging owners of drones to get educated about the rules and regulations and to use common sense when operating in the vicinity of major incidents like brush fires.

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