FAA Investigating Drone Flight Near Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, aerial operations on the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake were shut down due to a civilian drone flight.

A local resident spotted the drone and U.S. Forest Service officers were able to identify and contact the man. He was not arrested at the time but will likely be charged.

“At this point it’s an open federal investigation,” said Federal Officer Tyler Robinson.

The incident is under shared jurisdiction, and the Forest Service is working with a special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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