Unauthorized Drone In Cerro Pelado Fire Area Saturday Afternoon Shuts Down Firefighting Aircraft

An unauthorized “drone” or unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted inside the Cerro Pelado Fire area Saturday afternoon where there is a FAA Temporary Flight Restriction in place. This incursion shut down all firefighting aircraft on the fire in the name of safety. Not having the aircraft available leaves the firefighters without this important asset and slows progress on suppression. Fire officials remind the public, ‘If you fly, we can’t!’. Courtesy photo