A drone owner has been charged with starting a forest fire after crashing the drone in Arizona. Due to the crash, a forest fire began in Coconino National Forest in Kendrick park near Flagstaff. The fire destroyed 300 acres of land, with thirty firefighters the fire was contained and extinguished within the day. The smoke from the fire created a large hazard for those driving through the area, increasing the chance of an accident massively.
If guilty, the owner could face a fine, community service or even a jail sentence. A similar event occurred when a homeless man’s cooking fire set the grass alight and destroyed over 282 acres of land. Due to the damage, the man received a fine of $12,000 and a twelve-month jail sentence.
Drones have previously caused problems with the emergency services, they have prevented them from doing their job as it would be dangerous for them to do so.