LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — For California, it’s been a week-long of devastating and destructive wildfires throughout the state.
The largest being the Thomas fire, which was raging in Ventura County and has scorched 173,000 acres (or 270 square-miles), which is larger than the city of Chicago.READ MORE: Activists Protesting LA County Sheriff's Department Briefly Stopped Traffic, No Arrests Were Made
Amid the fires, the Federal Aviation Administration is reiterating a warning to drone operators to not fly near the wildfires.
Ian Gregor, a public affairs manager for the FAA, said on Sunday that a number of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) have been established around the various Southern California wildfires.READ MORE: Santa Monica Protestors Fighting Planned Demolition Of Several Historic High School Campus Buildings
The TFRs, Gregor said in a news release, include a “prohibition on all aircraft, including manned aircraft and drones, that are not involved in the firefighting efforts.”
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“Any drone pilot who recklessly interferes with firefighting or other emergency response operations can face civil penalties (fines) from the FAA of up to $20,000 per violation,” he said.