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Several people were flying a drone in FAA-restricted airspace near Scappoose Industrial Airpark when it crashed and started a fire

PMG FILE PHOTO - A drone being flown in FAA-restricted airspace near Scappoose Industrial Airpark malfunctioned and crashed Tuesday, June 26. The drone landed in a vacant field and sparked a 20-by-10 grass fire, prompting a 911 call and Scappoose Fire District response. Scappoose Fire District personnel on Tuesday, June 26, responded to a 20-by-10 grass fire caused by a downed drone near Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Several individuals were flying a drone in Federal Aviation Administration-restricted airspace on Wagner Court, just off of West Lane Road in Scappoose, when it had a malfunction, landed in dry grass and sparked a fire, according to a June 29 press release from the fire district.

The drone operators attempted to stomp out the fire but were unsuccessful. They called 911 at roughly 5:49 p.m.

The drone went down in a vacant field with no nearby structures, the release notes.

Firefighters responded with one engine, one brush truck, three support vehicles and nine personnel. The fire was limited to roughly a quarter-acre of dry grass.

The drone was slightly damaged and its operators, who are not identified in the press release, were issued a verbal warning for using it in restricted airspace.

For information about safe areas to fly drones, reference www.FAA.gov/dronezone. Additionally, FAA offers a safety app, called "B4UFly," that provides real-time information about airspace restrictions and other requirements based on GPS location.


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