I’ve noticed that several times this year there have been aircraft over the fires at night, on Flightradar that are not agency aircraft (at least not fire agency aircraft.)
For instance tonight besides the night air attack there is a King Air N852JP that goes by the call sign ARACAT068 that is flying orbits over the Woolsey fire. It is owned by General Atomics(the company that makes Predator Drones). What little information there is out there, says its a sensors plane and was going to have it’s services offered to San Diego Fire
Also above the Camp fire there is an aircraft flying tight orbits around the perimeter of the fire. This is separate from the IR flight that is taking place at the same time. This aircraft does not return a tail number, just a call sign of Allied1. Digging around I believe it to also be a sensor plane of the PC-12 variety.
Are the capabilities of these aircraft and their use being somewhat muffled. I have not heard much about their use or who is paying the bill for them. I have noticed something similar on several other fires this year, in the evening hours.
Does anyone have any information on these aircraft, how they are being operated, and how the information gathered is being disseminated.