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Unauthorized Drones Grounded for Good


Last updated 8/18/2015 at 12:06pm


The San Diego County Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday and voted in favor of the penalization of unauthorized hobby drones over wildfire areas.

Chairman Bill Horn said that the fire at Cajon Pass is an example that strict measures are needed to avoid drones interfering with the firefighters' work. The firefighting aircrafts were unable to fly over the fire because the space was already occupied by drones; the fire spread across the 1-15 in San Bernadino County destroying 20 vehicles on its way.

Horn supports the State Bill 167 and House Resolution 3025 which specify who is authorized to fly over wildfires. The bills also establish fines and imprisonment for people using unauthorized drones.

San Diego County is a wildfire-prone region, and it is an issue of concern. Unauthorized drones can interfere with firefighters and aggravate an already-dangerous situation.

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