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Northwest Fire Centre reacts after drone spotted near wildfire, North of Terrace

The Northwest Fire Centre is reminding the public that it is illegal to fly drones around the airspace around wildfires.

The drone was seen flying over a fire North of Terrace, near the community of Rosswood.

According to Fire Information Officer Casda Thomas, NWFC was notified the following day of the drone flying in that area.

She said that all airspace around a wildfire is restricted.

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“Quite frankly it just can’t happen, it is incredibly dangerous for the pilots as well as the personnel on the ground,” Thomas said.

She added that it is important that if a drone is spotted to report it to the BC Wildfire Centre as it can affect fire suppression efforts.

Thomas also said that the airspace is not just restricted during the day.

“It’s at all times, it’s not just during the day because there are things that happen at night as well, for example, infrared scanning, so there are activities that are happening at all times,” she said.

Fire crews are currently responding to the Rosswood Fire which is classified as out of control.

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It is an estimated 50 hectares and is believed to be human caused.

She added that more than 30 fire crews are on site of the fire.

Wildfires can be reported by calling 1-800-663-5555 or dialing *5555 on a cell phone.

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