Sheriff: Drone flew over helicopter dumping water on Oregon wildfire


    USDAFS

    TRAIL, Ore. – A drone flew over a helicopter dumping water on the Miles Fires in Oregon on Thursday.

    The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office made a public appeal Friday for help identifying the pilot responsible.

    The incident took place at Burnt Peak.

    "An unknown suspect flew a drone over a helicopter which was dumping water on the fire," according to the sheriff's office. "This incident posed a significant safety risk to the helicopter and ground crews, and effectively caused a stoppage to air operations in the area."

    The Temporary Flight Restriction in place over the Miles Fire and other wildfires prohibits drones.

    "Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft," according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. "In most situations, if drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft must land due to safety concerns."

    Anyone with information about the drone and its pilot is asked to call (541) 774-6800.

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