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by on August 28, 2018
With heat rising around the world, wildfires can start in an instant and ravage sites across the globe. In October of last year, 170 wildfires spread across 245,000 acres in Northern California, destroying at least 8,900 structures. To put that in perspective, that's roughly a quarter of the size of The Grand Canyon National Park. Another California-based fires, the Mendocino Complex Fire, which started in July of this year, is now the biggest in California history, burning more than 432,00...
by on August 24, 2018
With fires blazing across the US, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned citizens with drones not to operate them near wildfires, telling them that ‘if you fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire, you could get someone killed’. As it points out, the use of authorised drones is becoming an increasingly important tool in the arsenal of firefighters, especially when tackling wildfires. Unauthorised drone use, however, can cause mid-air collisions with firefighting aircraft or distr...
by on August 3, 2018
The Menlo Park Fire Department was one of the first fire departments to adopt drone technology back in 2014. It also used the drones to document the deadly October 2017 Tubbs Fire. The Menlo Park Fire Department is sending its drones Friday to the area affected by wildfires in Shasta County to take a closer look at the destruction the flames left behind. The fire department, working with Alameda County Sheriff's Department, has plans to fly Public Safety Drones over the city of Redding ove...