- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - Aerial firefighting operations battling three of Utah’s wildfires were grounded for several hours due to a drone sighting.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/28Jjune ) that despite multiple highly publicized warnings from fire officials and lawmakers about how drones affect firefighting, all aircraft working the fires near Cedar City and Pine Valley had to cease operations Sunday after drones were seen in the area.

Drones have become such a problem in Utah that the Legislature this year passed a law that makes it a misdemeanor to fly unmanned aerial vehicles in a prohibited area, and a felony if a drone collides with firefighting equipment or causes a crash.

Federal penalties are also possible.


Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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