$75K Reward Offered to Find Drone Pilots at Wildfires

California county is fed up with interference of firefighters
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2015 5:00 PM CDT
$75K Reward Offered to Find Drone Pilots at Wildfires
File photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Firefighters battling California wildfires keep running into the same problem over and over—drones. Specifically, hobbyist drones being flown by someone presumably looking to take great images of the fire. The problem is that the drones prevent airdrops, and now authorities are banking on an old-fashioned solution: fat rewards. San Bernardino County is offering three separate ones of $25,000 each to find out the name of the drone operator or operators in three incidents in July, reports NBC News.

"We want to know who was flying drones, and we want them punished," says the chairman of the county supervisors. "Someone knows who they are, and there is $75,000 waiting for them." (Read more drones stories.)

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