Drone use for firefighting increasing as safer ignition option in some situations
The use of drones by federal fire management teams to fight wildland fires has increased in recent years, including in some of the hard-to-reach sections of the Grizzly Creek Fire these past two weeks.
Much of the work after a fire has established itself in a certain area involves “boots on the ground,” explained Brian Scott, public information officer for the outgoing Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT), before operations were turned over on Tuesday to the Alaska Type 1 IMT.
Ground teams build the fire lines along the fire’s edge and mop up hot spots. They also set intentional ground fires for burnout operations in areas to make the containment line stronger.