TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) This fire season crews have a warning for people in Arizona: don't fly drones near wildfires.
There have not been any reported issues as firefighters battle the Sawmill Fire in Green Valley, but crews do want people to be aware of the dangers of drones.
"Drones can bring down choppers and they can bring down airplanes," said John Cambra, the spokesperson with the Sawmill Fire. "It also puts the people on the ground at risk cause they're not getting the water support from the aerial helicopters doing the drops or the slurry drops."
In a press release sent in February, Kaibab National Forest officials said reports of unauthorized drones at wildfires have doubled over the past few years.