UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah) – State and local officials are reminding Utahns to keep drones out of wildfire areas.
Firefighting efforts were briefly suspended Wednesday when a drone was flown near the south end of the Pole Creek Fire.
Active air operations had to stop to ensure firefighter and public safety.
“If you fly, we can’t!” is their message. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, aerial firefighting efforts were shut down at least 22 times so far in 2018.
Air operations on the south end of the #PoleCreekFire have been suspended for firefighter and public safety due to a drone incursion. Please keep personal drones away from fire airspace. #ifyouflywecant! pic.twitter.com/XgWGRldUdA— Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF (@UWCNF) September 19, 2018
If you know who is responsible for flying the drone, you’re asked to call the Utah County Sheriff’s Office at (801)794-3970.