Photo by Richard Haddad.
An unmanned aircraft system seen flying over the Goodwin Fire forced the grounding of all firefighting aircraft Wednesday night, according to a news release by the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2.
The aircraft that were grounded were providing air support to protect threatened structures. In addition, flying a drone during air operations put the lives of firefighters at risk.
Law enforcement responded to the area and are investigating the incident.
There is a temporary flight restriction over the fire area and it is illegal to fly a drone within the restricted area. Violators will be prosecuted, according to the release.