Wenatchee, WA. (August 29, 2015) – U.S. Forest Service officials today asked the public to avoid using any type of unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) between the hours of 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM in the City of Wenatchee on Sunday, August 30. The request comes as part of an effort to clear air space so that an aircraft is able to drop three ceremonial streamers in the vicinity of the Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Avenue. The streamers are being dropped as a part of the memorial honoring Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac, and Tom Zbyszewski who died in the line of duty on August 19 while assigned to the Twisp River Fire.
If a drone is detected near the operational area, the Forest Service aircraft must immediately exit the area and will not be able to drop the streamers. Remember, “If you fly, we can’t”!