Drone Crash Sparks Wildfire Near Flagstaff

Mar 7, 2018

Authorities say a crashed drone sparked a wildfire northwest of Flagstaff that was contained after charring more than 300 acres.

The Kendrick Fire burned 335 acres of grassland north of Flagstaff March 6, 2018.
Credit Coconino National Forest

U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire began shortly after noon Tuesday, but crews stopped its spread by 5:30 p.m. at an estimated 335 acres (about half a square mile).

Crews backburned fuels and spared the Chapel of the Holy Dove from the fire.
Credit Coconino National Forest

They say the wildfire burned in grasslands southeast of Kendrick Park and produced smoked that had the potential to limit visibility in the area.

About 30 firefighters worked to contain the fire.

Forest Service officials the incident involved a personal drone, but didn't immediately release any details about who owned it or why it crashed.