CAL FIRE Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) of California.
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No Responsive Documents


From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby request all records (including, but not limited to, electronic records) maintained by this department and its officers, employees, and agents discussing, concerning, or reflecting:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this department’s use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 6, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Spire, Kim

Mr. Morisy,

Please see attached for a pdf version of the response being mailed to you today.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

From: Spire, Kim

Mr. Morisy,

As of today, we have not located any responsive records. However, we do still have two more locations to search and expect to have a final reply to your request on or about September 21, 2012.

Thank you for your patience as we search for records.

From: Spire, Kim

Mr. Morisy,

We have searched all available records and have determined that CAL FIRE has not and does not use arial drones.

If you have any questions, or further requests, feel free to contact me.