Drone Flights Ground Firefighting Aircraft in MT Wildfire

About 40 personnel were working on the fire with more expected.

Drone flights over a wildfire in rugged terrain south of Big Sky (MT) twice prevented a firefighting aircraft from being used for safety since the fire was first reported Monday afternoon, reports the AP.

The lack of air space forced crews on the ground to take a less direct approach to fighting it, which allowed it to grow, the report says. Custer Gallatin National Forest officials say the drainage fire in Upper Taylor Fork creek grew to more than 70 acres by Wednesday.

About 40 personnel were working on the fire with more expected, according to the report.

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