Monday July 18, 2016

Drone Pilot Arrested For Flying Over Wildfire In California

A Foresthill, California man was arrested for flying his drone over a fire, which forced firefighters to ground their airtankers and helicopters. Presumably, Mr. Wasser thought getting photos and video of the fire was more important than letting firefighters put it out.

"When a hobby drone flies in the path of our aircraft, we have no choice but to pull back our air tankers and helicopters until the drone is removed," said Chief Dave Teter, Cal Fire deputy director of fire protection. "For hobby drone operators, it’s pretty simple: when you fly, we can’t! No hobby drones over fire zones." The agency asks the public to never fly drones near firefighters.