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June 26, 2018 (Santee) -- Cal Fire reports that a drone forced grounding of a firefighting helicopter today in Santee while ground crews fought a fire that began late this afternoon on Prospect Ave. near Highway 52 and Cuyamaca.

The blaze briefly caused evacuations, 10 News reports.  The fire has now been contained, according to the Sheriff's Department.

It is illegal in California to fly drones that interfere with firefighting aircraft.  A Tweet from Cal Fire reminds drone owners, "If you fly...we can't!"

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Drone laws

Quite a number of laws, rules and regulations must be agreed to when registering (FAA) a drone, so I'm positive the owner knew what he or she was doing was illegal and potentially dangerous. Maybe this person will be dumb enough to post the footage on social media, then someone will turn them in to the authorities. https://wwwdronenthusiast.com/california-drone-laws