UAV Helps Fight Alaska’s Largest Wildfire

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 03, 2014 No Comments
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An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was used to help firefighters contain the 200,000-acre Funny River Fire on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

According to a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner report, the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems at the University of Alaska Fairbanks sent the ScanEagle aircraft, which has cameras and infrared sensors, to identify 15 hot spots and map out the area of the fire.

The UAV, which is roughly five feet long and has a wingspan of 10 feet, was able to operate at a low altitude and search for hot spots at night during the cooler temperatures, the report explains.

The Funny River Fire, which began on May 19, is reportedly Alaska's biggest active wildfire.

The full Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article can be found here.

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