Drones over ‘Eagle’ fire negatively affected fire suppression efforts

LAKE MATHEWS – During the “Eagle” Fire near Lake Mathews in Riverside County, a privately-operated drone was spotted over the fire area, causing a ten-minute suspension in aerial firefighting operations. A second drone was spotted again over the fire after firefighting aircraft returned to Ryan Air Attack Base. Aerial firefighting aircraft, such as air tankers […]

Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Ban Drones from Fire Zones

  SACRAMENTO – The State Senate today approved bipartisan legislation that Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) co-authored with Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado), Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Assembly Member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and others to make it a serious state crime to fly a drone over a wildfire. Recent incidents have endangered the lives […]

The sky is the limit for drone based businesses

The sky is the limit for drone based businesses

We’ve all seen them, those tiny mechanical airplanes buzzing through the air taking photos and video from their cruising altitude of next to nothing at local parks, in neighborhoods and at other various places and events throughout the Temecula Valley. But what happens when something that was once the favored present under a fully decorated […]