Police Say Arizona Man Flew Drone Over Wildfire

Posted July 04, 2017

Carpenter is accused of endangering 14 aircraft and air crews as well as ground fire crews with a "substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury" by flying a drone in the Goodwin Fire's airspace.

The wildfire has burned more than 25,000 acres, and Saturday morning the fire is 44 percent contained.

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

On June 27, a third witness reported a man fitting Carpenter's description, again, standing next to a while van with a drone in the back of the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office news release.

Currently, 1,222 personnel are assigned to the Goodwin firefighting, which is occurring in predominantly dense chaparral and Ponderosa pine stands in drainages.

The sheriff's office said an Air Attack Pilot supervisor encountered the drone on Wednesday, and it started circling his plane when the official tried to see where the drone was coming from. The drone was found in his van and seized. The airspace was cleared immediately, and 14 aircraft were reportedly grounded for almost an hour, hindering the efforts of the firefighters on the ground.

This was one of the photos police allegedly discovered on Carpenter's website, via the Daily Courier. Yesterday afternoon, an off-duty YCSO deputy spotted Carpenter's van on Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

Detectives are meeting with Federal Officials on Monday to discuss additional charges based on federal statues regarding TFRs - Temporary Flight Restrictions.