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Search for drone operator who disrupted fire fight


AN HOUR AGO, THE 85-ACRE FIRE THAT BROKE OUT YESTERDAY IN OCEAN SIDE WAS FULLY CONTAINED. AT ONE POINT, CREWS IN THE AIR HAD TO STOP FIGHTING THE FIRE BECAUSE OF ONLY ONE DRONE.>>NEW AT 7:00, 10NEWS ANCHOR SHOWS WHY SOMETHING SO SMALL CAN BE SO DANGEROUS.>>DIRECTING AIR TANKERS AND HELICOPTERS, OVER A BRUSH FIRE, WHEN HE HAD TO STOP EVERYTHING.>>WE HAVE TO SUSPEND ALL THAT, BECAUSE WE PHYSICALLY COULDN’T SEE IT, ONLY THE FIREFIGHTERS ON THE GROUND COULD SEE IT, BECAUSE IT WAS SO SMALL.>>WHAT THOSE FIREFIGHTERS SPOTTED WAS A DRONE, FLYING 200 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND.>>THAT LITTLE DRONE THAT IS 5- POUNDS COULD COME THROUGH THE WINDSHIELDOVER THE AIRPLANE OR HELICOPTER AND ACTUALLY HIT THE PILOT CAUSING HIM TO CRASH. IT COULD ACTUALLY TAKE OUT THE PROPELLER OR THE HELICOPTER MAIN LOADER SYSTEM AND THEY COULD END UP CRASHING. IT COULD LITERALLY KILL ONE OF THE PILOTS IN THE FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT.>>ALL THE AIR CREWS HAD TO STOP FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR. WHICH IS A LONG TIME WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO PUT OUT A FAST MOVING BRUSH FIRE. AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE GET DRONES, YESTERDAY’S PROBLEM IS ONE FIREFIGHTERS ARE BECOMING ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH.>>I’M NOT SURE WHY THEY DID IT YESTERDAY. I JUST KNOW THAT IT IMPACTED OUR OPERATION AND IT PUT THE LIVES AND PROPERTY OF THE HOMEOWNERS IN OCEAN SIDE AT RISK.>>FEDERAL LAWS PROHIBIT DRONES FROM INTERFERING WITH CREWS REMONDAYING TO EMERGENCIES. THESE HOBBYISTS ARE PUTTING LIVES IN DANGER.>>DON’T FLY AROUND THE FIRES, LET THE FIREFIGHTERS DO THEIR WORK AND LET THEM BE SAFE OUT THERE.>>ALL FOR A GOOD VIEW. LINDSEY PENA, 10NEWS.>>OCEAN SIDE POLICE SAY THEY HAVEN’T CAUGHT THE PERSON WHO FLEW THE DRONE AND ANYBODY CAUGHT FLYING A DRONE THAT ENGAGES PEOPLE OR PROPERTY CAN FACE STEEP FINES OR CRIMINAL CHARGES.

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