Suspect posted photos of wildfire from drone

Prescott National Forest

Law enforcement said Carpenter flew his #Drone in closed air space over the #Goodwin Fire, endangering 14 helicopters and air tankers and their respective crews as well as fire ground crews, and posed great risk of injury or "imminent death".

Prescott National Forest has reduced the size of the Goodwin Fire Temporary Closure Area.

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.

Two Flagstaff Hotshots, while fighting the Goodwin Fire south of Prescott on Friday evening, made a discovery that saved lives - of the four-legged variety: two fawns. It is 53 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.




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.

Currently, 1,222 personnel are assigned to the Goodwin firefighting, which is occurring in predominantly dense chaparral and Ponderosa pine stands in drainages. The drone was found in his van and seized. His actions caused 14 firefighting aircraft and crews to be grounded. Yesterday afternoon, an off-duty YCSO deputy spotted Carpenter's van on Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

Authorities were able to implicate Carpenter using witness descriptions as well as aerial photos of the fire uploaded by the photographer to his website.

He also may face possible federal charges.

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