A drone flying near Prescott on Wednesday caused all firefighting aircraft battling the Goodwin Fire to be grounded sooner than they normally would have, officials said.
The drone was spotted in the sky near the fire just before 7 p.m., said Gabrielle Kenton, a spokeswoman for the fire’s incident-management team.
A no-fly zone had been ordered in the area, which includes small commercial flights and unmanned aircraft such as drones, which can record video or take pictures of the terrain below.
“I know people want to be able to see what the situation is, particularly people who have homes in the area,” Kenton said. “But if drones are flying, we shut down air operations because it’s just too dangerous with the fire and the smoke.”
The aircraft fighting the fire typically stop operations around sunset, so the aircraft would not have remained up much longer, but still, the work was forced to stop sooner than expected, she said.
8 aircraft grounded
Kenton said there could have been even more serious consequences if the drone had been spotted earlier in the day and shut…
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