07/19/15 214 W, 1 I - + 4 - 2 USDA Drone Warning Poster - If You Fly, We Can't


Surely you saw the story last week and even if you're name isn't Shirley, about the vehicles that burned on a freeway, after a wildfire "jumped" across the active roadway. More than a dozen cars and a couple trucks were destroyed as motorists fled on foot. Officials subsequently advised that "drones" impeded the operations of aerial firefighting. Five planes were forced to return to the airport. (Two drones even pursued the retreating aircraft!) Here's a Statter911 story about same, which links to a KNBC story.

Unmanned aircraft systems (AFS) have become enough of a problem (just out west?) that the United States Department of Agriculture has produced a poster for public education. "Drones near wildfires are not safe" it warns, noting that they can "cause injury or death to firefighters" as well as "hamper the their ability to protect lives, property, and natural cultural resources." See this USDA news release and accompanying larger version of the below poster.
 
Next question, is this the first formal education campaign about these? Or have other agencies, states, or even countries been spreading the word? Flying cameras are coming, folks.
 







  
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