Drone grounds firefighting plane near Redding

Jul 2, 2015 5:27 PM by News Staff

Authorities briefly grounded a U.S. Forest Service reconnaissance plane flying over a series of small wildfires in the North State after a drone flew to close to the scene.

The Forest Service says the plane was grounded for about an hour-an-half for safety reasons on Monday near Redding. The owner of the drone was not found.

It was the third time in less than a week that the spotting of a drone over a California wildfire prompted the Forest Service to order planes to land for safety reasons.

Officials fear the drones will collide with firefighting planes. Two tanker planes dropping retardant on a large wildfire in San Bernardino County, 90 miles east of Los Angeles, was briefly grounded June 24 and 25 when drones were spotted over the blaze.

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