Unauthorized drone usage over wildfires may become a felony

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Unauthorized drone usage over wildfires may become a felony

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An air tanker drops retardant on the 416 Fire this summer north of Durango. Firefighting aircraft fly low to the ground in smoky conditions with other aircraft in the area. Drones are hard to see and present a danger to pilots and firefighters on the ground.

Unauthorized drone usage over wildfires may become a felony

An air tanker drops retardant on the 416 Fire this summer north of Durango. Firefighting aircraft fly low to the ground in smoky conditions with other aircraft in the area. Drones are hard to see and present a danger to pilots and firefighters on the ground.

Unauthorized drone usage over wildfires may become a felony

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Unauthorized drone usage over wildfires may become a felony

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Unauthorized drone usage over wildfires may become a felony

A single-engine air tanker drops its load of fire retardant high above the Lightner Creek fire on June 28, 2017, when a drone was reported flying in the area, causing all air support to stop. The retardant was wasted because it could not be dropped in the right place to help the fire.
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