Sunday, June 25, 2017

Drones continue to cause problems for wildfire crews



Unauthorized drones continued to vex crews battling wildfires, with another spotted on Sunday that temporarily halted aerial efforts to put out a fire northwest of Flagstaff.

It was the second drone that has been observed at the fire, known as the Boundary Fire, said Dennis Godfrey, a public information officer with the Bureau of Land Management.

It was unknown how long efforts were stopped due to the drone, Godfrey said. The fire, started by lightning on June 1, was 88 percent contained, officials said.

Firefighters were unable to recover the drone or identify the operator.

Since drones became popular among hobbyists, wildfire officials have warned against their use.

"I think it's happening all over," he said. "And it's a problem if people don't abide by restrictions."

In May, four drones were spotted as crews battled the Pinal Fire near Globe, grounding aerial suppression efforts. One hobbyist was cited, according to a news release.

On Friday, another drone was spotted near the Bonita Fire in New Mexico, according to a news release.


http://www.azcentral.com

1 comment:

Bridget Johanning said...

I'm a licensed remote pilot and it infuriates me when I see stupid irresponsible people doing this! Makes me want to become the drone police!