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California firefighters encounter civilian drone for first time
California firefighters encounter civilian drone for first time

California fire officials said they encountered a civilian-piloted drone over the weekend for the first time while fighting a large wildfire, and that it was banished from the sky to keep it from disrupting flight operations. Sheriff's officials asked the owner of the unmanned craft — spotted Sunday in the area east of Highway 49, five miles north of Plymouth — to cease flying it to keep it from entering the flight path of low-flying aircraft making drops on the 3,800-acre fire, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention. The owner was apparently operating the craft, described as a "quadcopter," so he...

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