Drone grounds firefighting aircraft in Oregon wildfire

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. — A drone grounded firefighting helicopters that had been dropping water on a fast-growing blaze in Oregon.The Statesman Journal reports that the drone was detected over the fire east of Eugene and around Cougar Reservoir Sunday afternoon.Without water-dropping helicopters, crews had a harder time fighting the 8 1/2 -square mile blaze.The fine for operating a drone in a temporary flight restriction area — such as a wildfire — is up to $27,500.This wildfire started more than a week ago and nearly trapped 20 people as it burned through Terwilliger Hot Springs in the Willamette National Forest.The geothermal pools are a popular destination for camping and hiking about an hour east of Eugene.The fire has so far closed 26 campgrounds, hiking trails and recreation areas.last_img read more

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