Drones

Drone Prompts Diversion of Arkansas Wildfire Surveillance Plane

“Drones and emergency operations don’t mix,”   By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forestry officials diverted a surveillance plane from its assigned path because a drone hovered above a northern Arkansas wildfire, prompting them to ...

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Study Finds Drones More Damaging than Bird Strikes to Planes

Researchers used computer simulations with various drones   By The Associated Press Drones that collide with planes cause more damage than birds of the same size because of their solid motors, batteries and other parts, a study released by the ...

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Arrest in Arizona Drone Interference

Suspect interrupted efforts to fight Goodwin Fire     SALLY HO, Associated Press A man accused of flying a drone over a major Arizona wildfire posted the aerial photos on his website, authorities said Saturday, leading to his arrest for ...

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Drone Interferes with Aviation at Cajete Fire

Video shows drone flying over New Mexico wildfire KRQE – Video released showing drone threatening crews over Cajete Fire InciWeb: Cajete Fire

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New Mexico Drone Ban Includes Wildfires

Committee passes bill that prohibits flying   SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to ban drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants and refineries in New Mexico has cleared its first hurdle. With making any recommendation, the ...

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Drone Grounds Planes at Texas Wildfire

Drone halted operations of two SEATS at Fambro Fire   Abilene Reporter-News Two Texas A&M Forest Service planes fighting a wildfire in Erath County had to be grounded Thursday because of a drone flying near the fire. Flying a drone ...

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Help or Hinder?

The problem with drones and wildland fires The camera-mounted mini-aircraft are popular for getting a look at areas that might otherwise be difficult to access or restricted for people. (Photo by iStock.)   By Shannan Mills | FireRescue Magazine January ...

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Drone over Tennessee Wildfire

Plows and fire crews working in Hardin County   Melvin Martin – Hardin County Fire Department assisting Tennessee Division of Forestry on a large wildland fire near Highway 203 and Lonesome Pine Road Jan. 31, 2017. The fire was caused ...

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Interior Department Launches National Drone Interference System

Feds start pilot program using smartphone apps to alert fliers of restrictions KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires has launched, federal ...

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Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts at Utah Wildfire

Officials say drones halted aircraft operations at Saddle Fire   PAMELA MANSON, The Salt Lake Tribune Efforts to fight the Saddle Fire in southern Utah have been hampered by the public using drones in the area, fire officials said Sunday. ...

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