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Utah House measure aims to keep drones away from wildfires

Utah House measure aims to keep drones away from wildfires (Image: MGN)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Drone owners who fly their aircrafts within a few miles of a wildfire could face jail time under a proposal from a Utah lawmaker.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands says that unmanned aircrafts could interfere with fire department planes and possibly cause deadly crashes.

A House committee was scheduled to discuss the proposal Tuesday afternoon, but it was postponed.

The presence of drones near blazes force fire crews to stop work to avoid collisions. He says drones flying near fires have become an increasingly prevalent problem in recent years in the state.

Curry says fire officials in Utah spotted drones flying over wildfires several times in the last two years.

During wildfires, the Federal Aviation Administration imposes temporary flying restrictions on drone hobbyists.

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