It may seem like fun to take some aerial action photography when a wildfire is burning in Marin. DON'T DO IT! FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT fly low and fast, often beneath the 400' hobby aircraft ceiling. If a hobby drone is spotted anywhere in the vicinity of a wildfire (during a wildfire, airspace is closed for several miles in all directions), all firefighting aircraft will be grounded for safety, and you may be responsible for their inability to fight the fire. Flying a drone near a wildfire is a crime and puts firefighters, pilots and anyone living in the path of the fire at risk.
The first fire season since the end of California’s historic five-year drought is off to a raging start, with blazes burning throughout much of the state this weekend. As of early Sunday, firefighters are battling 16 active wildfires that have scorched nearly 49,000 acres amid a summer heat wave, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported on its statewide fire map.