EAGLE ROCK — The presence of a hobby drone restricted the use of helicopters to battle a small vegetation fire that broke out this morning near the 134 Freeway and Figueroa Street, the L.A. Fire Department said.
The fire, which broke out at about 11 am, burned about a quarter acre of grass and brush along the freeway before being extinguished in 40 minutes, according to the fire department. A SigAlert was declared and traffic was jammed on the eastbound 134.
“Though no helicopter water drops proved necessary, the presence of a hobby drone restricted the option of LAFD to use helicopters for fire attack, and limited their abilities for command support,” the LAFD said on Twitter. “The hobby drone issue is being looked into by LAPD.”
The fire prompted the closure of nearly all eastbound traffic lanes at one point, according to SigAlert.com.
There were no reports of injuries or structure damage. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Update: KTLA reports that police took possession of a drone. A man told police that the drone landed on his front porch but did not belong to him.
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