Thursday, drones were launched for the first time “in an operational environment,” heading to an aerial location over the Skirball Fire.
The Skirball Fire has burned 422 acres and is 85 percent contained, according to an update Monday by the LAFD. Six structures were destroyed and 12 structures were damaged in the blaze, the update said.
The drones, which the post said flew for about 30 minutes, were not used to put out flames but rather helped firefighters get a better idea of the condition of the area.
LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas reported that two flights took off that day.