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How can I find Calfire flights?


#1

I have friends in the area of the Camp Fire in California.
I have looked for aircraft in the area of the fire, expecting to find the 24 helicopters that are listed by Calfire as being involved in this fire.
I have seen screenshots of the tracks of some fixed wing aircraft for other fires, but I don’t see any listed by Calfire for this incident. Maybe they aren’t useful in this terrain.

How can I find the aircraft for this fire?


#2

If we have data for them available, ensure that you have “position-only flights” enabled in your FlightAware account settings. These aircraft likely won’t be on flight plan so we won’t know their intent.


#3

I’ve read other discussions that say that the Position Only setting does nothing.
I don’t see any aircraft around Chico, except for one flight from Chico KCIC to Reno KRNO, right now. That one has a flight plan.
I have seen some of the Calfire flights around me listed with the same airport as From and To, but I can’t spot any in the KCIC listing. Maybe they don’t fly out of there. Or would a fire flight list the nearest airport, just to have a flight plan on file?

Is there an “operator” listing that I could use?

I see “The CAL FIRE scout OV-10A is a light attack plane operated out of Chico, CA” in one news article, but it probably only flies when there are fixed wing, and I don’t think those are involved today. I don’t see ov-10A in the “browse by type” in the airborne listing.

I added KCIC and one OV-10A tail number to my alerts, along with ov-10A, although I’m not sure that’s a valid thing to put in there.

So, it seems like I will only be able to track Calfire that my receiver can see.
I’m a little short of range, in that respect. An area that interests me most is just at the limit of my range for high altitude, due to terrain. I probably can’t see any low flying aircraft.

I might have to buy one of my former neighbors a piAware, and set up VPN.


#4

Today, I got an application alert for an OV-10 flight, on my Android phone.
I can see two flights listed, for two different OV-10s. One has a track that is of interest. The other does not.
I have no idea how to select which track I want to see in a map.


If I click on the map icon in the upper right, I get tracks with no identifiers, on the map.
I think I am seeing three different tracks.