Aerial Imagery Maps of Camp Fire’s Destruction

Recently released coordinated efforts of drone flights and aerial image collections of the Camp Fire region showing the status of properties within.

CA House Status Fire Map

Public map available to review areas and home status effected by the California fires.

Mission Request for Randall Mardus in Mexico

Primary Family Member Contact: Randall Mardus
Primary Contact Person Email
Phone Number (917) 6930936
City/State/Province/Zip Street Address: 161 REMSEN STREET 4B
City: Brooklyn
State / Province: NY
Postal / Zip Code: 11201
Name Patrick Braxton-Andrew
Gender Male
Age 34
Ethnicity / Physical Description Caucasian
Describe Current Physical/Emotional/MentalHealth Patrick is a long distance runner so is in good shape and is typically in an upbeat mood.
Description of Missing Persons vehicle or mode of transport ie; Walking – Bicycle – Motorbike – Car – Truck etc? Walking or hiking
Missing Persons Cell Phone Number (if applicable) (704) 533-1090
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Last Seen Date 10-28-2018
Last Seen Time 4:00 PM
Last Known Location City: Urique
State / Province: Chihuahua
Country: Mexico
Details of Where He/She was last seen Here is an articular that goes into the latest details about Patrick, his last known whereabouts, and as much as we know right now:

Is there an “OFFICIAL SAR MISSION” in progress at this time? No
Are there currently any manned aircraft engaged in the search effort? No

CoE for ATAF: 2018 Yellowjacket Rx UAS and TAK Deployment Report

This report describes the unmanned aerial system (UAS) and Team Awareness Kit (TAK) support provided by the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) to Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) and San Juan National Forest firefighters on the Yellowjacket Prescribed Fire from September 13–14, 2018.

Fire Department’s Drone Locates Missing Boy

Teamwork amongst various agencies paid off as a drone, initially purchased to assist in firefighting was piloted successfully in an aerial SAR of a runaway juvenile in Effingham County, IL.

Colorado Springs FD Now Has Eyes In The Air

Everyday, more and more government, state and local agencies are becoming more receptive to the use of drones and are including them as part of their tools and procedures.  CSFD now has drones in the air to better help them in serving the community. Here’s a short article and news station video on this.–489130161.html


One of the most important tools in the UAS SAR arsenal for a mission is the use or inclusion of thermal imaging. But thermal imaging is also an “art unto itself”. With this technology, there are many variations and nuances to learn and be aware of so as to optimize your time with a mission. This FLIR thermal series is probably one of the better ones out there.  …so click the link and learn what you may not have known; …or what you need to know about thermal imaging.