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Firefighters in B.C. are warning drone operators to keep their equipment out of the air when crews are battling a wildfire, after an unauthorized drone forced the grounding of a support helicopter.
The drone was spotted near the Wilson Creek wildfire, east of Nakusp, on Sunday, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.
That meant a helicopter that was supporting firefighters had to to be grounded, and other aircraft fighting fires in the region had to be diverted from their flightpaths to avoid the area.
Police are now investigating the incident.
It is illegal to operate a drone within about nine kilometres of a fire and
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