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Hobby Drones Hamper Auburn Fire Fight

Firefighters in the Auburn area are frustrated that they didn’t have the maximum tools available to fight a 26-acre blaze last night. CalFire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant says ultimately no structures were lost, but…

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Berlant says those drones can fly at altitudes of 500 or feet or more, and can cause significant damage if they collide with an aircraft. Berlant says, also, pilots trying to fight a fire cannot see them…

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One outbuilding was destroyed in the Baxter Fire. Berlant says they have encountered several of the drones within the last month or so. Operators are mostly trying to get pictures or video of the fire. CalFire did contact the Placer County Sheriff’s Office to try to find the drone operator. So far, no arrest has been made.

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