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Firefighters Hampered by Drone at California Brush Fire

Firefighters pull a line from a rig while fighting a fire in Los Angeles.

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In late July, firefighters were able to rapidly contain a brush fire in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles, and fire photographer Rick McClure forwarded some shots from the fire.

City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) crews were hampered by the presence of a drone at the scene, according to a report from local news sources.

“Though no helicopter water drops proved necessary, the presence of a hobby drone restricted the option of LAFD to use helicopters for fire attack, and limited their abilities for command support,” Brian Humphrey, LAFD spokesman, told reporters. Hobbyist drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been cited as interfering with other wildland firefighting operations around the country.

Drones Causing Problems for Firefighters Battling Massive Fires

Wildfire season has the hit the West and California in particular hard, as a recent fire in the northern part of the state burned 100 homes and forced thousands to flee in the rural town of Lower Lake.

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