CALDWELL COUNTY, TX – August 18, 2023 – A helicopter engaged in water delivery to combat the 150-acre Barth Fire in Caldwell County encountered a near-collision with a drone on Friday. The drone came perilously close to the aircraft, within mere feet, creating a potentially catastrophic situation.
Authorities are urging the public to avoid wildfire areas, stressing the need for safety and the importance of not interfering with firefighting efforts. The presence of drones in these zones can pose serious risks to aerial firefighting operations.
The incident serves as a strong reminder of the importance of adhering to regulations and guidelines designed to protect both the public and emergency responders working to contain wildfires.