Flying Drone Causes Fire Fighting Planes Grounded in Big Bear Fire

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Flying Drone Causes All the Fire Fighting Planes Grounded During Major Fire in Big Bear Area

 Flying Drone Causes All the Fire Fighting Planes Grounded During Major Fire in Big Bear Area.

Photo taken by CAL Fire.


Firefighters were faced with a major challenge on the Lake Fire in San Bernardino County yesterday as a hobby drone, (UAS) unmanned aircraft system, was spotted in the fire area where air tankers were flying. Just before 6 p.m. in the Onyx Summit area an air tanker spotted the drone in the area where the firefighting aircraft were working. This fire is only 21% contained.


Flying Drone Causes All the Fire Fighting Planes Grounded During Major Fire in Big Bear Area.

Firefighters were forced to ground all firefighting aircraft until they could find the operator and get the drone out of the area. An unauthorized drone is a major safety hazard for a pilot, as a collision could easily result in major damage, injuries to the pilot on board as well as firefighters below, and worse, an aircraft crash. CAL FIRE reminds hobby drone users, “If you fly, we can’t!”. 

This is an active fire which has been burning for over a week now. Unfortunately this drone is keeping the planes from fighting this major fire and putting Big Bear and the surrounding communities at risk. 

A few hours later, a second drone was spotted nearby. The authorities are trying to locate the owners of these drones.

Drones and Fires do not mix and are putting the public and their properties at a major risk. This is another negative factor of flying drones. Governmental regulations need to put into effect to protect the public.

*As a side note, California is in the 4th year of an extreme drought and last Saturday the clergy of many churches had a conference in Chino. At the conference, they all prayed for rain to end this drought.


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The drone issue is a big one and it hasn't even started yet.

Jun 25, 2015 10:42 AM #1
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I have to agree with William Feela - the drone issue is definitely a big one and we have no idea what we are all up against! Obviously, the drone issue can cause critical damage in the event of an emergency.

Jun 25, 2015 10:43 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I have to agree.  There need to be some regulations when the public's safety and that of our firefighters are at stake. 

Jun 25, 2015 11:14 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kristin. This is really scary stuff. Sorry it happened.

Jun 25, 2015 10:19 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I predict that in the not so distant future, there will be a major incident between a drone and an aircraft.  It will be then that serious examination of drone regulation will come into place.

Jun 26, 2015 12:08 AM #5
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Wow that is crazy are those little drones really something to worry about?? You would think it could do nothing to a big plane???

Jun 26, 2015 02:40 AM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

To me it is so easy control the sale, licensing and use just like one does with a regular air drone guy is licensed and respects the air space of others....Endre

Jun 26, 2015 04:34 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jun 27, 2015 11:50 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

There will be major legislation that will come to pass because of these drones. I can even see that one could cause aircraft crashes if not properly directed.

Jun 27, 2015 10:11 PM #9
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

When they find those drone operators they will be facing some hefty fines, and rightfully so!

Jun 29, 2015 09:03 AM #10
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You'd think they'd be flying low enough not to cause a problem, but perhaps not. I'd also think that they would be no more hazardous than a large goose, eagle, etc. But perhaps so. 

I wonder why they didn't just shoot it down? 

Jun 30, 2015 03:39 AM #11
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

What is really sad is the FAA will probably use this as an excuse to keep all drones out of the air at all times for commercial use.  When Drones are outlawed only outlaws will have drones.

Jun 30, 2015 05:13 AM #12
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

This situation is only going to get worse. Someone will need to develop a "police" drone to round up "outlaw" drones.

Jul 01, 2015 01:26 AM #13
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This highlights the unknown safety issues presented with personal drone usage. 

Jul 01, 2015 12:27 PM #14
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