Drone incident slows progress on Williams Flats Fire

Drone incident slows progress on Williams Flats Fire
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office
Fire burns 2,500 acres on Colville Indian Reservation

Aerial efforts for the Williams Flats Fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation were briefly suspended on Tuesday when a drone flew into a restricted flying area.

Citing safety, all helicopters, Fire Bosses and large retardant planes returned to the airport until it was confirmed the drone had left the area.

Now, the Northwest Incident Management Team is issuing a reminder that anyone caught flying a drone in a restricted area during a wildfire is subject to a $20,000 fine.

In a statement, the NIMT said, “If you fly, we can’t.”

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