How the Oregon Department of Forestry uses drones during fire season

  • Source: KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford
  • Published: 06/13/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Fire season brings new challenges every summer. This summer the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is using drones to help with multiple aspects of fire suppression and detection. NewsWatch 12 talked with ODF’s state aviation coordinator, Sara Prout. Prout said that aerial resources are important every summer, and that drones help expand the department’s aerial capabilities. “It's all one big picture,” Prout said. “The manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft work together, just at different levels.” For years, ODF has utilized planes and helicopters to help detect, observe and fight fires. Drones can operate similarly, with more mobility and access to fires. Drones can provide valuable information during every phase of a wildfire.


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