BC Wildfire said their efforts to fight the fire east of Naramata were hindered by a drone on Friday afternoon, July 21.
“A personal drone was used in dangerous proximity to a crew and helicopter responding to an incident in the Penticton Fire Zone. Transport Canada and the BC Wildfire Service explicitly prohibit the use of drones of any size near a wildfire,” said a tweet from BC Wildfire.
“If you are in the sky we can’t fly,” is one of BC Wildfire’s slogans.
Yesterday afternoon, Friday, July 21, a personal #drone was used in dangerous proximity to a crew and helicopter responding to an incident in the Penticton Fire Zone. Transport Canada and the #BCWildfireService explicitly prohibit the use of drones of any size near a wildfire. pic.twitter.com/VwIMIxU6Gb
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 22, 2023
The blaze, believed to be human-caused, sparked around 3:20 p.m. east of Naramata, growing quickly to 1.5 hectares in size and was visible across Okanagan Lake in Summerland.
Air tankers put down fire retardant on it first and then dumped water for over an hour, bringing the blaze under control by 5:45 p.m. that day.
BC Wildfire Service crews were joined by members from the Naramata Volunteer Fire Department in attacking the blaze.
Around that same time, air tankers were busy on four other fires that erupted on Friday. All but one have been put out.
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