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FAA issues reminder: Drones and wildfires don’t mix!




Drone pilots who interfere firefighters can be fined up to $20,000!

Drones colliding with helicopters mid-air is seen as a serious risk by the FAA. So much so that they stated, “People who interfere with fire suppression efforts will face civil penalties that could exceed $20,000, as well as potential criminal prosecution.”


The “Holy Fire” in Lake Elsinore, California, is one of many blazes that are currently spreading throughout United States. With fire haze accumulating in the California sky earlier today, the sun ended up looking like a bright orange ping-pong ball in Orange County.

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The FAA also recommend drone pilots to download a free smartphone app called B4UFLY to determine where flight restrictions are placed.

B4UFLY is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Firefighting drones

There are numerous companies like Aerones and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) creating UAVs that can put out fires, but those drones must first be further developed and tested before they can be used in blazes. One example of a CALT drone putting out a building fire can be seen in this YouTube video by Drone Tech:

As fascinating drone flights near fires might seem, no amount of unique aerial footage is worth the consequences.

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