Thousands of firefighters continue to work on managing the multiple large-scale California wildfires.
In addition, these efforts have been disrupted by drone technology. The helicopters that provide water drops over the regions have been pulled back due to the danger of a collision in the air.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
‘According to the National Interagency Fire Center, aerial firefighting efforts have been shut down at least nine times this year because of drone use, and at least 20 drone incursions have hindered firefighting capabilities nationwide from January through October. A report shared with The Times showed that of those 20 incursions, five were in California.’
The LA Times has also noted that the Maria fire is currently 20 percent contained.
In an era of accessibility to obtain footage from drones in the air, consumers and producers of media need to be thoughtful to the importance of staying out of the way of the hard working men and women risking their lives to protect families nationwide.
The Maria fire has spread across thousands of acres on land. It is true that ariel footage is helpful to the firefighters that work on containing these incidents, but my suggestion is to leave the recording up to the professionals that are also in charge of piloting the helicopters and over aircrafts.
NBC News has also provided coverage on these wildfires on YouTube.