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Friday, June 26, 2015|4:50 p.m.
“Be smart. Be safe. Stay away.”
And do not fly your drone near a wildfire.
That’s the core message of a 30-second civil service announcement posted by the Nevada Bureau of Land Management on YouTube yesterday.
Apart from being prohibited, flying a drone near a wildfire can likewise be a serious risk for firemens if the unmanned airplane gets caught in a helicopter rotor or hit an air-tanker. Lots of emergency situation airplane run at low levels during wildfires.
“No drone flight or photo or video deserves a life,” warns the video, which was produced by the National Interagency Fire Center on behalf of airborne firefighters.
In current days, the National Interagency Fire Center reported three near-misses with drones as authorities worked to contain two California fires near San Bernardino, stated Jessica Gardetto, a spokesperson for the organization. When a drone is reported, she stated, officials need to suspend all air traffic in the area. Three firefighting aircraft were diverted from the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains when a drone was spotted flying in the response location, the Los Angeles Times reported. The failed objective cost between $10,000 and $15,000.
“It really prevents fire operations when people are flying them close by,” Geradetto said. “Fire can grow quite a bit in an hour.”
Many wildfires prompt short-term air travel limitations, making the flight of unmanned airplane prohibited in designated airspace around them.