Warning for Utahns: Face fines if you fly drones near wildfires this season

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-24 13:45:45-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities have a warning for Utahns now that wildfire season is in full swing.  No drones near wildfires graphic

The US Department of Agriculture is telling residents not to fly drones near the wildfires because these aircraft are actually putting firefighters in more danger.

If you are caught flying a drone over a fire and interfere with aerial support battling the blaze, you could face state and federal penalties and fines.

Officials are sending out this warning now because the issue has cropped up over the last few summers.

Fire authorities said people trying to get footage of the fires are interfering with helicopters and other aircraft dropping water or fire retardant on the flames.

Authorities recommend contacting your nearest land management agency to get complete information about drones, public land and wildfires.