Drones

Interior Department Launches National Drone Interference System

Feds start pilot program using smartphone apps to alert fliers of restrictions KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires has launched, federal ...

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Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts at Utah Wildfire

Officials say drones halted aircraft operations at Saddle Fire   PAMELA MANSON, The Salt Lake Tribune Efforts to fight the Saddle Fire in southern Utah have been hampered by the public using drones in the area, fire officials said Sunday. ...

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Oklahoma Forestry Officials Give Warning to Drone Operators

Officials say three incidents have already occurred in past months OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say the operators of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, should avoid flying near or over wildfires. State Forester Georg Geissler ...

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Utah Bill to Ban Drones near Wildfires Gains Progress

House passed bill to ground drones and sent to Senate The Salt Lake Tribune The Utah House voted Monday to ground unmanned aerial drones that interfere with fighting wildfires. It passed HB126 on a 66-7 vote, and sent it to ...

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Utah Seeks Jail Time for Drone Operators over Wildfires

Legislation creates jail time as an effort to avoid aerial collisions HALLIE GOLDEN, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When a fire broke out last year near a Utah mountain lake, firefighters had to ground their airplanes and helicopters ...

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