BC Wildfire Service has put out a reminder about the danger of drones near wildfires.
In a series of Tweets, BC Wildfire Service said crews observed a drone near a wildfire start in the Vernon area on July 9.
This afternoon, crews responding to a new wildfire start in the Vernon Zone observed a drone in the area. Transport Canada and the BC Wildfire Service explicitly prohibit the use of drones of any size near a wildfire. pic.twitter.com/gDZCFmVyjs— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 9, 2023
Transport Canada prohibits the use of drones and any other aircraft not associated with fire suppression efforts. Consequences for anyone who doesn’t comply are a maximum of $25,000 and up to 18 months in jail.
Drone activity near a wildfire can delay or halt efforts to put the blaze out. It also poses a safety risk for fire personnel attacking from the air.
Learn more on the BC Wildfire Service website.