Big Sky Shedhorn Fire at 74 acres, suppression efforts stall due to drones

    BIG SKY, Mont. – Cooler temperatures and calm winds have aided firefighting efforts in the Custer Gallatin National Forest but civilian drones have caused problems and additional fire growth over the week.

    The Shedhorn Fire has burned 74 acres in steep mountain terrain between Big Sky and West Yellowstone in the Upper Tumbledown Creek area and has relied on helicopter, air attack planes and cargo drops to firefighters on the ground to slow the blaze.

    Those aircrafts have helped suppress the Shedhorn Fire since Sept. 27 but were all grounded twice this week due to safety issues with a drone in the fire area.

    “Drones cause significant safety concerns and cease all air operations,” said Corey Lewellen, Agency Administrator for the Shedhorn Fire. “We can’t stress enough, that all flying of drones over the fire must stop immediately.”

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