Days after a drone forced firefighting aircraft out of the sky over a raging wildfire in Arizona, the drone's pilot is facing charges, the AP reports. The aerial resources were called off out of safety concerns after a drone was reported flying in the area.
The baby animals were found too close to the spreading blaze in the dense Prescott National Forest and around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) north of Phoenix.
Federal Aviation Administration guidelines urge drone hobbyists to fly no higher than 400 feet, stay clear of stadiums and people, and avoid flying within five miles of airports.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the investigation into the drone interference began on June 24, when a witness reported seeing a man standing next to a white van flying a drone over the wildfire.
- Firefighters are starting to gain the upper hand in the Goodwin Fire burning near Prescott. Deputies developed leads identifying Carpenter, based in part, on prior contacts. He said 14 aircraft in the Goodwin Fire area, which included three DC-10 air tankers, five "heavy" air tankers, and five helicopters. The supervisor told detectives he spotted the drone at his altitude and when he tried to see where it was coming from, the drone started to circle the plane. All firefighting aircraft had to be grounded for about an hour on Wednesday, June 28.
This was one of the photos police allegedly discovered on Carpenter's website, via the Daily Courier.