I posted a video the other day of firefighters blasting a drone with water when it flew too near a house fire. That video sparked quite a bit of controversy in the comments section, with a lot of people saying the firefighters were in the wrong.
The debate is still going on, but now there's another story about firefighters and drones that shows why flying a drone near a fire isn't a good idea. In fact, the drone blew a $15,000 mission and helped a wildfire spread. Here are the details.
As you might have heard, there's a massive fire raging in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Big Bear Lake in California. On Wednesday, firefighters had an opening to bring it under control and called in some planes to drop some fire retardant.
With two hours of drops still left to do, a supervisor examining the fire from the air spotted a fixed-wing drone flying at 10,500 feet. A DC-10 en route carrying 10,800 gallons had to divert to avoid a potential mid-air collision.