Fire crews fear drone interference on fire response during the eclipse

  • Source: KTVL-TV Channel 10
  • Published: 08/10/2017 06:09 PM

Thousands of people and the picture perfect moments they want to capture for the eclipse are a concern for fire crews. It's the unauthorized drones the Oregon Department of Forestry is worried about. Less than three weeks ago ODF had a drone interference while fighting a fire, which forced them to land their helicopter, costing the agency $15,000. They fear with the thousands looking for the perfect photo op, safety is at risk. "Aircraft are so finely balanced that something as small as a drone can get in there damage those small fine parts and bring a helicopter down, bring an air tanker down, the list goes on. Therefore, if that comes down that means we're losing our pilot, that also means the people bellow - firefighters and public alike are at danger,” said Melissa Cano, the ODF public information officer.


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