Firefighters Say Drones Hindered Their Ability to Fight California Highway Fire

This is the fourth time in less than a month that recreational drones have interfered with firefighters' ability to battle wildfires, officials say.
1:19 | 07/19/15

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Next, who could forget the images of the burning cars and trucks on a California highway? Officials say drones kept them from getting to the fire. And it's happening now all too often. Here's aditi Roy. Finding drones in the fire area, fire has to be shut down until drones can be removed. Reporter: Tonight, officials searching for answers about those drones that caused nearly a 30-minute delay for firefighters. Hampering air drops. In this situation, it's unsafe for our pilots to be working in the area. Reporter: Choppers dumping water on burning cars on that California freeway. Drivers abandoning their scorched vehicles. Officials say it was the fourth time in less than a month recreational drones have interfered with firefighters battling wildfires. So far, only one drone operator has been caught, but not prosecuted. You have to actually trace it back to the owner, catch them, and have proof they were flying it. Reporter: A spokesman for the FAA tells ABC news if an operator of a recreational drone like this one has already been warned by the agency and continues to operate illegally or endanger manned aircraft, people, or property on the ground, they can face fines of up to $25,000. Tom?

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