Aug 15, 2014 3:13 PM by Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wildfire managers say unmanned drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off.
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year, at least three drones have flown within or near restricted airspace intended for wildfire fighting aircraft.
The center on Friday said a drone could lead fire managers to suspend firefighting efforts until it has left and managers are confident it won't return.
Spokesman Randy Eardley says drones have been spotted over fires in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
Officials say those seeking to fly drones near wildfires need permission from wildfire managers.
The center says individuals using drones that interfere with firefighting could face civil penalties and criminal prosecution.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
PLEASE HELP US MODERATE COMMENTS
Offensive or inappropriate comments are subject to removal. To report a comment, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the name of the story and information on the comment.
Thank you! KSBY.com