Some firefighters in Oklahoma are pushing to use unmanned aerial systems to increase situational awareness on wildfires.
While the Monument fire was burning in southern Arizona the U. S. Customs and Border Protection provided images collected by their Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle to the incident management team suppressing the fire. Here is an excerpt from a June 18 article in the Tucson Citizen:
The remotely piloted Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), launched from the National Air Security Operations Center-Sierra Vista (NASOC-SV), has been providing streaming video and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mapping of areas affected by the fires in Arizona. The real-time video stream, known as Big Pipe, is a video distribution system that CBP provides to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies so responders have access to real-time video and still imagery. The images can be viewed anywhere there is an internet connection, including smart-phones.