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Drones inhibit Californian wildfire fighting efforts

The law lags behind technology, but the long arm will come down hard with behavior like this

By Ben Gourlay from Jul 20, 2015 @ 1:31 CDT

Over the last 12 months there's been an explosion in the popularity of drone photography, thanks to companies such as DJI putting both downward pressure on pricing, and making them easy to use for the everyman. But, unfortunately common sense is not as common as the Californian Firefighting Department would like, after users put the lives of firefighters and citizens at risk.

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According to CNN, helicopters sent to douse the wildfire that hit the in San Bernardino County over the weekend were grounded by hobbyist drones in the vicinity, which could have casued further disaster. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gerrelaine Alcordo pleaded with would-be aerial photographers to "Please stop flying hobby drones in the area... We can't risk the choppers colliding with them. We could have loss of life."

With Government's moving slowly to regulate this burgeoning industry, it's stupid beahviour like this that will quicken the pace, and ruin the fun of drone photography for all.

NEWS SOURCES:Edition.cnn.com


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