Operations AGAIN! 

  On Sunday Afternoon Fires…

 

Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) temporarily halted tanker operations 

near SR-38 and Mill Creek Canyon

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Sunday July 12th afternoon a wildfire in the Mill Creek Canyon near State Route 38 and above Bryant Street Yucaipa, was reported at 2:38 P.M. Named the Mill 2 Fire, the vegetation fire increased to 35 acres burning steep chaparral covered slopes. No structures were in the area.

SR-38 was closed for awhile, however the highway to Angelus Oakes was re-opened at 6:00 P.M. Four homes on the lower or west end of Yucaipa Ridge were evacuated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the fire is now ten percent contained.

The Mill 2 Fire is being managed in unified command US Forest Service and CALFIRE.  Resources that responded with: 17 engines, 7 crews, 2 dozers, 5 helicopters, 2 fixed wing air tankers, and one air attack plane.

An Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) temporarily halted tanker operations, but operations soon resumed. Fire Managers urge individuals and organizations that fly drones to avoid the wildfire areas to ensure the safety of firefighters and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. Unauthorized drone flights over or near the wildfires could cause serious injury or death to firefighters on the ground.  Unauthorized drones could also be involved in midair collisions with airtankers, helicopters, and other aircraft engaged in fire suppression operations.  This could decrease the effectiveness of fire suppression operations, allowing the fire to grow larger and potentially threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.

Firefighting aircraft typically fly at about the same, or lower, altitude than hobbyists or recreationists fly drones, often in smoky, windy, and turbulent conditions.  Safety depends on knowing what other aircraft are operating in the airspace and where they are at all times and this is compromised by the presence of unauthorized aircraft, including drones.‚Äč