The Chetco bar fire which is reported to currently be the largest, and has sadly already destroyed six homes and 20 minor structures near Brookings. Recently, a video from Shane Stiles Photography capturing dramatic smokey skies from the fire in Southern Oregon, has been drawing some negative attention. While there’s no arguing this stunning drone footage was awe-inspiring, it definitely does force us to ask some uncomfortable questions about flying drones around extremely dangerous forest fires.
Some feel the photographer has basically exploited the horrific fires we are currently dealing with in Oregon. KGW-TV, after posting the video live to their Facebook feed, received immediate backlash from followers.
Was it wrong for the photographer to shoot this video? I personally don’t see too much harm done here. Let us know how you feel in the comments.