Helicopters Above the East Side

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Update by John Palminteri

This was the chopper people are writing about on the east side Sunday. It was involved in a power pole project by Southern California Edison 

Some homeowners were sent letters to leave the immediate area and secure anything on their property that might be blown away.


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Helicopters on the East Side right now, is there any information?

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SouthCoastPhoto Feb 24, 2020 03:16 PM
Helicopters Above the East Side

These are privately contracted helicopters to Edison for pole replacement via a long line (rope/cable). A lot of this work occurs in the winter months when there are more helicopters available to use and various types. During times of fire, these helicopters are contracted out to the forest service to fight fires. This is why you see the "FIRE" on the belly of the aircraft. Also note, these are not affiliated with the county's helicopters used for public safety. If you are near Cottage right now, CALSTAR will be flying into there in a few minutes.

bradleybennett Feb 24, 2020 09:04 AM
Helicopters Above the East Side

Yep, Edison was doing work replacing poles in locations on the Riviera where the large cranes cannot reach.

Pebblehill Feb 24, 2020 01:16 AM
Helicopters Above the East Side

I saw it in detail today. The bottom of the helicopter read FIRE in all red. They were just by my house. The helicopter lowered a long hose of some kind and persons on the ground attached a telephone pole to it. The copter pulled the pole up into the air and moved it some distance up the hill where more people were gathered. It was then lowered and placed into its new location. Nothing to see here.

pstarSR Feb 24, 2020 09:36 AM
Helicopters Above the East Side

thats interesting that it was a Fire helicopter. I know they outsource the Helo work, but didnt think the Fire helicopters were used for this. thanks for posting

a-1585458766 Feb 23, 2020 09:46 PM
Helicopters Above the East Side

Big Billy Brown drumming up business for his new, North County Jail by flying the helos low & slow over the voters who all voted "NO."

Shasta Guy Feb 23, 2020 07:08 PM
Helicopters Above the East Side

I heard them this morning and wondered about them too. The only reasons to linger that long is SAR, Edison doing something in some inaccessible location, or LE trying to find someone on the run pinned down somewhere.

tagdes Feb 23, 2020 01:59 PM
Helicopters Above the East Side

How many were there? A description would help. One flew over our house in East San Roque at that time coming from the east side, but it was definitely not any law enforcement copter.

Roger Feb 23, 2020 11:39 AM
Helicopters Above the East Side

There was a missing at risk they were looking for not sure if that was the reason though they were looking for her in Montecito..

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