Two days of flights over a large area from approximately Collbran to Vega Reservoir will start early this afternoon with LiDAR equipment on board. The flight, which is estimated to be 87 passes across a greater area that will include the slide. These flights are done by a remote sensor airplane–a private contractor.
The LiDAR flights will be to remap the topography of the slide, greater area around the slide and conditions of the (new) landscape. LiDAR has not been used previously on this slide area–this will be the first use of it.
The flights will be done at a high elevation, but the many flights back and forth should not be cause for concern, by residents and recreationists in the area of (north) Grand Mesa.