ABC News / The Associated Press – A man accused of flying a drone over a major Arizona wildfire posted the aerial photos on his website, authorities said Saturday, leading to his arrest for hampering firefighting efforts against the stubborn blaze menacing an area where 19 firefighters were killed four years ago.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said deputies tracked down Gene Alan Carpenter, 54, of Prescott Valley on Friday after spotting a man near a white van flying the drone within hours of the fire being reported last weekend and throughout the week.
Prior contact with Carpenter and photos found on his website showing drone views were used to identify him, authorities said. His drone was seized during his arrest.
The sheriff's office in a press release said Carpenter recklessly endangered 14 aircraft and fire crews in the air and on the ground "with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury by flying an unmanned drone aircraft in closed airspace above an active fire area."
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