Firefighting helicopters won’t fly tonight

Firefighters on the ground will be going it alone tonight, as officials say air support will not be used overnight to battle the Triangle Complex Fire, which is threatening homes in Diamond Bar.

Airplanes, which were provided Sunday by state officials, can never run water-dropping missions at night, and incident commanders have determined not to use the heliopters for risky night drops, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman James Barnes said.

When officials do call for night flights, or any other dangerous flights, the pilot has the ultimate authority to turn down the mission, he said.

“That very rarely happens,” Barnes added.

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