Rogue Drones Halt Mount Helena Firefighting Efforts
Part of Mount Helena was destroyed by fire on Sunday. The wildfire was suppressed as a result of the efforts of several agencies. However, owing to the deployment of civilian, rogue drones, air assaults were temporarily suspended.
“So, we’re just really strongly trying to encourage the public to not fly their drones anywhere near any kind of fire space that’s going on. And as a matter of fact, there was a lot of people on the trail system yesterday, as well. So, you know, whether they’re flying a drone or walking around they’re still in the fire area and we just asking people to try and stay away on the next one. I understand everyone wants to take a peek and look at it, but keep out of the fire area if at all possible,” says Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Forestry Division Program Manager, John Huston.
The Firefighters were delayed by roughly 12 minutes due to a rogue drone piloted by a citizen. However, Huston said it seemed much longer. Any…