Recent fires prompt new drone legislation

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California lawmakers are introducing some new drone legislation after the fires in San Bernardino county that trapped motorists on the 15 freeway last week.

This, after word that up to 5 drones temporarily prevented firefighters from battling the flames.

Apparently, they were unable to dispatch helicopters with water for up to 20 minutes.

The bill would allow first responders to disable or damage drones if they interfere.

Drone users could also be looking at fines and possible jail time. 

Captain Kendall Bortisser of Cal Fire spoke with KUSI about this issue. 

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