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Fire crews from Parks Canada continued to get the better of the Chetamon wildfire near Jasper, Alta. on Friday.

But their efforts were once again thwarted by entertainment drones.

Parks Canada said they had to suspend ground operations twice in the past week for more than an hour.

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It states that drone flights during fire operations threaten the lives and well-being of pilots and firefighters both in the air and on the ground. In addition, when an aircraft stops for a period of time, it causes unnecessary delays in the firefighting effort.

Since the wildfire broke out on Sept. 1, four drone incidents have resulted in charges that carry a maximum fine of $25,000.

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Crews began work on the northwest flank of the fire, a very steep terrain that Parks Canada says requires “skill, stamina and focus to navigate.” Once the line is in place, they will begin pulling and connecting hoses up and down the mountainside and work to put out hot spots in the area.

The Chetamon forest fire remains on an area of ​​approximately 6,000 hectares. As of Friday, 80 firefighters and three helicopters are working in Parks Canada.

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Crews warn that sunny weather and double-digit temperatures could mean an increase in haze that could affect people with respiratory problems.

The fire, caused by lightning, damaged power lines and resulted in a power outage in Jasper for a couple of weeks. On September 15, ATCO was able to restore the power transmission system after the generator was disconnected from the generator intermittently.

Currently, there is still no danger to the population.

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