Drone Endangers Miles Fire Helicopter Crew

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person who piloted a drone above a helicopter as it dropped water on the Miles Fire near Burnt Peak.

Posted: Aug. 17, 2018 3:33 PM
Updated: Aug. 17, 2018 3:36 PM

TRAIL, Ore. — A piloted drone flew over a helicopter as it dropped water on the Miles Fire near Burnt Peak, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO). Now deputies are seeking information about the incident which endangered the safety of firefighting crews.

Air operations had to be haulted on Thursday after the incident, which posed a "significant safety risk to the helicopter and ground crews," JCSO said in a statement.

A firm Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect over all wildfires, including the Miles Fire, due to the the complexity and hazard of air operations over an active wildfire. The FAA has an interactive map of TFR zones throughout the country.

Potential charges for piloting a drone within a wildfire TFR zone include Reckless Endangering, Interfering with a Firefighter, and possible penalties from the FAA.

Any information about this incident should be reported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, attention Deputy Lance. 541-774-6800

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