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Drones, boats not permitted within wildfire zone

Drones, boats not permitted within wildfire zone

Officials are noting that members of the public continue to push police boundaries to watch firefighters tackle the blaze. Officials are noting that members of the public continue to push police boundaries to watch firefighters tackle the blaze.

The BC Wildfire Service is urging the public to stay clear of all active wildfires, especially if they are being tended to by fire crews.

Officials want to remind people that firefighters need plenty of room and these fires remain volatile, unpredictable and unsafe.

People attempting to “help out” actually can delay firefighting efforts and interfere with containment of the fires.

All wildfires are flight restricted zones, so the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are illegal within a radius of 5 nautical miles and an 3000 feet above ground level and could completely shut down any attempt to fight fires with aircrafts as it poses a risk to others flying in the area.

Recreational boaters or people using other watercrafts to gain up-close looks into the wildfire zones are also posing threats to firefighting efforts.
Boats block pathways and inhibit a pilots ability to collect water.

 

There is a zero tolerance for people who fly drones or boat in wildfire areas and British Columbians are asked to use common sense and keep their drones and watercrafts well away from the wildfires.

 

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