Video report: Drone used to ignite prescribed fire

Earlier today we reported on the unmanned aircraft system, or drone, that helped to ignite a prescribed fire in Homestead National Memorial in southeast Nebraska. This video includes images from the burn plus interviews with five key members of the team that made it happen.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Video report: Drone used to ignite prescribed fire”

  1. On a usual mission I pack 8000 psd balls in the back of a 206B… At $1300 per hour for heli time I can make a hell of a lot of fire compared to that thing.

    Having said that, most of our prescribed burns are 500 acres plus… A few are 2000 acres..

    1. That’s not the point. This was an experiment, a first step into using drones to light prescribed fire. No one is suggesting that dropping a dozen psds from a tiny drone is the equivalent of what you’re doing with a 206B.

      Ya gotta start somewhere…


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