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Drone pilot could face charges for flying near wildfire

Posted at 2:38 PM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 16:38:43-04

A drone flying illegally created a problem for crews fighting a wildfire south of Twin Falls.

The Times-News reports the lightning-caused fire burned grass and brush near Nat-Soo-Pah.

Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District spokeswoman Kelsey Brizendine says they had a drone intrusion on the fire -- and it was a huge concern.

The drone was spotted around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and firefighters found the drone pilot.

The BLM will contact the pilot again this week. She says that person could receive a citation for interfering with firefighting efforts.

The BLM can also issue a fine of up to $500.

She says drones are dangerous for aircraft and hinder efforts when firefighters have to stop doing their jobs to ensure safety.

The fire was controlled Sunday night.

(by Associated Press)