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FAA grounds drone flying near wildfires.

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KEEP YOUR DRONE AWAY FROM WILDFIRES

There are lots of great places to fly your drones, but over or near a wildfire isn’t one of them. In fact, drone operators who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts are subject to civil penalties of up to $27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.

Here’s why it’s important: Aerial firefighting aircraft, such as airtankers and helicopters, fly at very low altitudes, just a couple hundred feet above the ground and in the same airspace as hobby and recreational drones. This creates the potential for a mid-air collision that could seriously injure or kill wildland firefighters in the air or on the ground.

As a result of unlawful drone operations near fires this year, fire managers have temporarily grounded all aerial firefighting aircraft on several occasions for safety reasons. Shutting down firefighting operations could cause wildfires to become larger and can threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.

The bottom line is “If You Fly, We Can’t."

Please fly responsibly – keep your drone away from wildfires.
 
I know there are some people who scoff at rules and regulations. As a former private pilot of small aircraft I have a keen appreciation for flight safety and the FAA's mandate to reduce the risk to life, limb, and property when flying any aircraft whether it is the hobbiest community, a commercial airline, military, or private aviation. So far, I am pretty impressed with the productiveness and the current framework the FAA has put into place to reduce the risk drones and other RC aircraft could present to the rest of the aviation community.
 
I know there are some people who scoff at rules and regulations. As a former private pilot of small aircraft I have a keen appreciation for flight safety and the FAA's mandate to reduce the risk to life, limb, and property when flying any aircraft whether it is the hobbiest community, a commercial airline, military, or private aviation. So far, I am pretty impressed with the productiveness and the current framework the FAA has put into place to reduce the risk drones and other RC aircraft could present to the rest of the aviation community.


Typo..... I meant to say "proactiveness" instead of "productiveness". While I like it, the spelling checker does not like the word "proactiveness". Maybe it is not a real word. :)
 
Typo..... I meant to say "proactiveness" instead of "productiveness". While I like it, the spelling checker does not like the word "proactiveness". Maybe it is not a real word. :)

Just FYI you can actually edit your own posts so you don' t need a new post to mention a correction. Just correct it. i:)i

Also I agree with what you said, I would think this would be common sense. It is also covered under the don't interfere with emergency vehicles requirement.

Sad that it has to be said. Good information to post though!
 
There you go. Last I heard there are 27 wildfires in the western US. Common sense is no longer common.
 
Each person has a right to their own opinion. If a drone causes an accident that results in death, personal injury, or property damage, hopefully, the owner will have adequate personal assets and/or great insurance to cover the loss.
 
I received this from FAA also. I don't think a new case of someone flying near a fire caused this warning (media would be all over it!) but it's a reminder to everyone. Hopefully people have already got the message but idiots are still out there.
 

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