Flying a drone can be a lot of fun, but can be downright dangerous during a wildfire.
Casey McCoy is the DNR’s fire prevention supervisor:
When firefighting aircraft are working an active wildfire — if drones are spotted in the area they are working aircraft will literally be removed from the fire and sat down until that drone can be located or removed from the area.
The reason drones pose such a problem is because they fly at roughly the same altitude as wildfire suppression aircraft. McCoy says even a small drone can cause a fire-fighting helicopter to crash if the drone makes direct contact with the aircraft.