As helpful as drones can be, they can be harmful as well. Just ask the firefighters who were responsible for fighting the Lake Fire just south of Big Bear.
In the middle of the firefight, an inconsiderate drone operator decided to fly his UAV into the the active firefighting operation. When drones fly in, firefighting aircraft get grounded, and fires spread unchecked.
Last summer, a rogue drone flying into the Lake Fire south of Big Bear grounded firefighting operations, allowing the fire to spread and prompting calls for new laws to regulate the budding unmanned aerial vehicle industry.
By now, everyone should know you don’t fly your drone into a fire. If you are still unclear on this fact, then you probably shouldn’t be operating a drone in the first place.
In this particular instance, it’s even more frustrating than usual because the city of Big Bear recently invested in drone seminar focused on clarifying local rules.
Earlier this month, Big Bear City Airport staff went to Riverside for a seminar on drone rules, a gray area which officials across the state and country have been working to clarify. Following the seminar, the Federal Aviation Administration did just that Dec. 14, announcing that hobby drone operators must register their unmanned aerial vehicles.
Learn the rules that govern drone operation in your locality before you fly. You don’t want to end up paying a fine or worse. If you are unsure where to start, then let Drone Universities help. We’ve been training commercial drone operators for over two years.
About Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake is a unique mountain resort community located 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. About 21,000 residents make their home here full-time.
Altitude ranges from 6,750 to 9,000 feet and there are over 300 days of sunshine each year. Summer temperatures average around 80 degrees during the day, and 45 degrees at night. Winter brings about 100 inches of snowfall, and temperatures which average in the low 40’s during the day, and mid 20’s at night.
Pine and oak forests flourish in Big Bear’s alpine environment; the area provides a natural habitat for approximately 30 wintering bald eagles and 29 species of rare plants, ten of which are indigenous to the area.
Big Bear Lake itself is a fresh water lake seven miles long. The average width is 1/2 mile, with a maximum depth of 72 feet and over 22 miles of shoreline.