Drone grounds helicopters working Cameron Peak Fire

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A drone illegally flying over the Cameron Peak Fire area grounded helicopters that were dropping water in the Pingree Park area as part of the firefighting effort on Saturday.Firefighters continue to work on the last pieces of containment for the 208,913-acre fire that has been burning since Aug. 13 and is considered 92% contained. Crews worked by hand, with heavy equipment and with the help of aircraft dropping loads of water on areas that are still hot in the fire perimeter.
Helicopters dropped about 20 loads of water on Saturday before “a drone was discovered to be flying over the fire area,” according to a Sunday morning briefing on the fire. Aircraft cannot safely work with drones in the area, so the choppers were grounded for the rest of Saturday.
Drones are not allowed over the fire area, and fire officials on Sunday urged people to not fly drones in that area because it affects their ability to fight the fire.
Also, fire managers reported that traffic has been spotted on roads that are still closed in the fire area, creating safety issues for both firefighters and the public. They asked people to respect the closures in place, which are listed at nocoalert.org.
“Please stay safe and help us stay safe,” fire officials said in a written briefing on Sunday morning.
Crews on Sunday saw sunny and windy weather with gust expected to reach as high as 60mph overnight on Sunday and continue into Monday. Winds were expected to calm down …

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