Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fire Crews Issue Danger Warning as Drones Buzz Fort McMurray Wildfire Area

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fire Crews Issue Danger Warning as Drones Buzz Fort McMurray Wildfire Area

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Crews warn of drones buzzing Alberta wildfire

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EDMONTON - Crews fighting a wildfire around Fort McMurray in northern Alberta say drones are buzzing about and threatening operations.

Senior wildfire manager Chad Morrison says drones haven't affected firefighting operations at this point, but can be dangerous.

"We're still investigating ... (but) my understanding is the fleet is still flying at this point," Morrison said at a briefing Thursday.

"We haven't grounded anything."

Drones, while small, can get caught up in the rotors of helicopters or plane propellers.

"Impacts and consequences can be very high, so we want to make sure that people are taking this warning very seriously."

Morrison said he believes the drones are attempting to get aerial footage of the fire. …

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