Fire officials remind drone operators to not operate near wildfires

Wed 4-7-2021

(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.