ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Now that wildfire season is in full swing in New Mexico, land managers are warning people not to fly drones while crews are trying to battle flames.
There was a report of a drone flying near Ruidoso where firefighters and air tankers have been busy trying to douse a blaze that has charred an area at the edge of the mountain village.
Loretta Benavidez with the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday the report of the drone came in after aircraft assigned to the fire flew their missions.
Had the report come in sooner, officials would have been forced to ground any air support.
Benavidez says the message is clear: If you fly, we can’t.
She says a temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire so no drones allowed.
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