Updated 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it's working closely with the FBI to investigate a drone flight that interfered with Cal Fire aircraft during the first hours of the agency's fight to control the Dixie Fire.
The FAA's announcement came in a one-sentence emailed statement. An agency spokesperson referred questions to the FBI's Sacramento field office, which didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the scope of the investigation.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, who is leading a probe into the fire, said his office reached out to the FBI soon after the July 13 incident. He said investigators have been taking advantage of FBI technology — what he called "trick resources" — to try to identify the drone and its operator.