VIDEO: Drone footage of a wildfire fire damaging a park in Englewood

Updated: Jun. 3, 2019 at 5:53 PM EDT
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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (WWSB) - A wildfire over the weekend was captured by a drone, but what you may not know is that it’s illegal to fly drones over or near a wildfire.

A 20-acre brush fire started late Friday evening near Shadow Lane in Englewood. Then Sunday, another wildfire started in Ann Dever Regional Park next to San Casa Drive.

A drone pilot captured footage of the flames and was far enough away, but Patrick Mahoney, the Wildlife Mitigation Specialist and Public Information Officer, wants everyone to know that it’s against the law to fly drones over or near a wildfire.

Mahoney told us flying drones over or near a wildfire creates a major issue with aircraft in the area. Air One was making water drops on this fire and a drone could interfere with operations or cause a collision.

The fire damaged the disc golf course at the park, which will be closed through June 7 for repairs.

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