A drone pilot has been arrested for causing a fire that destroyed 300-acres of forest land by crashing their UAV.
The drone was flying over Arizona’s Coconino National Forest when it was involved in a collision, which caused it to ignite dry grass.
It is currently legal to operate drones in US national forests, however there is a body of regulations governing when and where they can be flown and states drones must not be flown in wilderness areas nor over areas where wildfires are active.
In addition to posing a fire risk themselves, UAVs have also impacted fire fighting efforts. While helicopters were attending an incident in the same region last year, pilots’ efforts were hampered by a UAV photographing the blaze.
The BBC has reported that the pilot, who has not been identified, could face a fine, community service or a jail sentence.