Video-seeking drone ordered out of fire area

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PLYMOUTH, Calif. — Cal Fire confirmed Sunday evening that a drone being flown over the Sand Fire nearly caused air-attack operations to be stopped because of the potential danger to firefighting planes.

The unidentified person flying the drone was apparently trying to get video of the blaze and was told to stop by fire officials.

As of Sunday evening, the Sand Fire,which had consumed about 3,800 acres, was 50% contained, according to Cal Fire.

Meanwhile, a blaze that began Saturday afternoon around Yosemite National Park threatened a small community.

The Sand Fire began Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills and has since raced through more than 6 square miles of drought-stricken grasslands east of Sacramento.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/27/california-wildfires-western-usa/13237095/