Hotshots help fawns from Goodwin Fire

Last year, the Arizona Legislature passed a law, which Governor Doug Ducey signed, making it illegal for a drone to interfere with emergency or law-enforcement efforts.

Police said they tracked Carpenter down after spotting a man near a white van in the area flying the drone on June 24, within hours of the fire being reported, and throughout the past week.

Mr. Carter is in custody at Yavapai County facilities at Camp Verde, Arizona charged with 14 counts of endangerment, all felonies, and one misdemeanor.

The baby animals were found too close to the spreading blaze in the dense Prescott National Forest in the area of Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) north of Phoenix.

U.S. Forest Service personnel stationed inside the tower also reported the incident. Then, shortly before 7 p.m., a witness reportedly contacted a man flying a drone. Police said the drone was discovered in his van and seized. When a drone intruded into the Goodwin fire on that date, there were 14 aircraft in the area including 5 helicopters, 3 very large air tankers (DC-10), and 5 heavy air tankers flying.

An air attack pilot told Sheriff's Office detectives that he spotted the drone at his altitude and that when he tried to see where it was coming from, the drone began circling his plane, D'Evelyn said.

They will remain closed as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety and to allow safe travel for those involved in the Goodwin Fire.

Aircraft were grounded for almost an hour, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies started searching for Carpenter following information witnesses provided, descriptions of the drone, and from Carpenter's website, photos from the drone's vantage point of the Goodwin Fire.

He also may face possible federal charges.

  • Delores Daniels