A drone interrupts a firefighting helicopter in Oregon

On Monday, a drone that was flying over a fire that was burning in Medford, Oregon, caused a firefighting helicopter to leave the airspace in the middle of a firefight.

At approximately five o'clock in the evening, personnel from Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and the Department of Forestry Southwest District responded to the incident. in the 5300 block of Pioneer Road in Medford, which is west of Phoenix, responded to a structure fire that had spread into the surrounding natural areas.

Several fire engines were dispatched to the scene, and firefighters were working diligently on the ground while a type 3 helicopter doused the blaze with buckets of water from above. The smoke plume could be seen rising from the heart of downtown Medford.

According to ODF, at approximately six o'clock in the evening, a drone was spotted flying over the fire, which caused the helicopters to leave the area.

“A drone has been spotted flying above the fire. As a result, our helicopters are forced to land,” ODF Southwest District wrote on its Facebook page.

At 6:45 p.m., the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) reported that the portion of the incident had been extinguished and that firefighters were mopping up the quarter-acre that had been affected.

Firefighters specializing in structural firefighting reportedly remained active in the building that was on fire. According to the report from ODF, an investigation will be conducted to determine what caused the fire.

Please be sure to not fly your drone near any emergency operations as it will hinder the ' firefighting or rescue operations.

Photo courtesy of ODF Southwest District.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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