Just this week, the US Interior Department, which oversees national parks and other properties, announced that it would set up “geo-fencing,” a virtual barrier that automatically warns drone operators of their violating airspace. With all the stories of drone misbehavior, maybe it’s no surprise that federal authorities are taking extra precautions.
According to the Interior Dept., consumer and commercial drones have interfered with 15 fire-relief operations just this year. Most of the examples of interference have consisted of drones getting in the way of emergency aircraft.
The department’s move comes amid another awful summer fire season. The US Forest Service tallies 20 major fire incidents in the Western United States, including one near Los Angeles has decimated nearly 60 square miles and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands.
Remember drone pilots: Fly responsibly.