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Idaho drone pilot could be charged for flying near wildfire

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A drone flying illegally created a problem for crews fighting a wildfire south of Twin Falls, Idaho.

The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/2tFYr12 ) 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.


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