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September 19, 2018
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Fire Operations Threatened by Drone
Julie Denney
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Fire Operations Threatened by Drone

Fire Operations Threatened by Drone

08/16/2018

Trail, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking information relating to an incident which took place at a location known as Burnt Peak which falls within the Miles Fire. 

An unknown suspect flew a drone over a helicopter which was dumping water on the fire.  This incident posed a significant safety risk to the helicopter and ground crews, and effectively caused a stoppage to air operations in the area. 

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over all wild fires, including the Miles Fire, due to the complex and hazardous work being done there. 

Potential crimes include Reckless Endangering, Interfering with a Firefighter, as well as possible penalties from the FAA. 

Any information about this incident can be reported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, attention Deputy Lance. 541-774-6800

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