Let’s face it. We’ve got some bad actors in the drone community and their behavior is reflecting badly on the community at large. I’m still shocked every time I read about a firefight or other first responder operation being disrupted by a careless drone pilot. Please stop. You aren’t going to catch some amazing shot and it’s very likely you are going to endanger property and possibly lives. Let’s work together and try to self-police people. If we don’t, we will all face stricter rules and regulations.
Firefighting operations were disrupted at least four times in four days by drones flying over the Lightner Creek Fire, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office.
Local law enforcement made contact with three suspects, and a fourth case remained under investigation Monday, said sheriff’s spokesman Dan Bender.
Drones have disrupted fire-suppression efforts at several major wildfires this year, including in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, where a 54-year-old Prescott Valley man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of 14 counts of felony endangerment and one count of unlawful operation of an unmanned aircraft.