Fire officials remind drone operators to not operate near wildfires
(Grand Rapids, MN) -- State fire officials are reminding Minnesotans not to operate drones near the scene of wildfires this spring.
Leanne Langeberg with the Interagency Fire Center says drones pose a dangerous risk to aircraft dropping water and retardants. She says all aircraft responding to a wildfire are required to land or return to base when a drone shows up in their restricted airspace.
More than 500 wildland fires across the state have burned nearly 20-thousand acres so far this season.