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Dangers of drones, BC Wildfire Service issues warning

A drone was spotted during recent suppression efforts near Vernon
(file photo)

BC Wildfire Service has put out a reminder about the danger of drones near wildfires.

In a series of Tweets, BC Wildfire Service said crews observed a drone near a wildfire start in the Vernon area on July 9.

Transport Canada prohibits the use of drones and any other aircraft not associated with fire suppression efforts. Consequences for anyone who doesn’t comply are a maximum of $25,000 and up to 18 months in jail.

Drone activity near a wildfire can delay or halt efforts to put the blaze out. It also poses a safety risk for fire personnel attacking from the air.

Learn more on the BC Wildfire Service website.

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