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Brian.Dean
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9/3/2015 | 6:44:49 PM
Re: Drones and wildfires
@Curt, I see a lot of potential for drones to set back fires, data collection and releasing fire retardant. However, the use cases will only work if it is coordinated and the tools are in the hands of the firefighters. It will require some time before technology progresses and budgets are allocated to gain these benefits until then, I think anti-drone technology will need to be utilized.

I wonder if land drones can be safely utilized for search and rescue during a disaster.  
Susan Fourtané
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9/3/2015 | 12:43:36 PM
Re: Drones and wildfires
Curt, most likely you are right. Speaking of keeping the skies safe for everyone, there is a sign in Regent's Park, in London, that says that flying drones there is not allowed. I suspect the same rule applies to the rest of the Royal Gardens. I took a picture of the sign because it was so interesting at the same time I was wondering how many people would fly a drone there, and for what reason. Maybe one of those drone cameras, perhaps. -Susan
Li Tan
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9/3/2015 | 11:40:36 AM
Re: Drones and wildfires
I think using data-driven approach to fight wildfire is the right approach. However, some over-reactions and calibrations are needed before really viable solution is reached.
Curt Franklin
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9/3/2015 | 10:47:33 AM
Re: Drones and wildfires
@Susan, organizations in and out of government are looking for ways to "geo-fence" drones away from active fires or to be able to take control of drones if they're in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is one of those times when technology has run ahead of policy and the ultimate answer is for responsible drone owners to bring peer pressure on everyone to follow the rules and keep the skies safe for everyone. I suspect, though, that we'll see some remarkable over-reaction before we see reasonable solutions.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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9/3/2015 | 10:07:30 AM
Drones and wildfires
Curt, how can that increase in the number of drone-related accidents in fire zones be prevented, or how could it decrease? -Susan
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