Cal Fire says hobby drones have increasingly been flying over wildfires during the last two years. Drones are a hazard for low-flying airtankers and firefighting helicopters as they fly over to drop fire retardant and water.
“When a hobby drone flies in the path of our aircraft, we have no choice but to pull back our airtankers and helicopters until the drone is removed,” said Chief Dave Teter, Cal Fire deputy director of fire protection, in a press release. The release notes that air units were particularly critical in the Trailhead Fire because of its remote location.
The Trailhead Fire in Placer and El Dorado counties started on June 28 and is now 98-percent contained.
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