Want to fly a drone over a wildfire? Don’t, Forest Service says. Here’s why

Colorado has seen more than 10 wildfires so far this summer, and as if the flames were not formidable enough, fire management crews have a new and different problem on their hands when they go to work: drones.

The National Interagency Fire Center says unauthorized drones have been detected over or near wildfires 17 times this year in nine western states. Of those incidents, 14 caused aerial firefighting operations to be grounded entirely. Last year, unauthorized drones cropped up near wildfires more than 40 times, grounding air operations more than half the time.


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