Drones are being used to start prescribed burns in Virginia

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Prescribed burns are carried out to prevent larger fires and to minimise the spread of pest insects and disease.

Fire managers across Virginia are turning to drones to help start prescribed burns to save time and ensure the correct areas are burned. The drone drops “dragon eggs” made up of a combustible material that ignites on impact with the ground.

The drone allows the prescribed burns to be started in a much shorter amount of time with higher precision than manually doing it allows for. Since the system also removes humans out of the equation, the process is now much safer if anything were to go wrong.

(Source: https://dronedj.com/2021/04/07/drones-are-being-used-to-start-prescribed-burns-in-virginia/)


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