That video was filmed during daylight hours. Eight years later we now
have the ability to have an unmanned aerial vehicle with sophisticated
sensors orbit continuously over a fire, day and night, for 18 to 20
hours depending on the weight of its payload. If an incident management
team on a fire activates a couple of these using the recently awarded Call When Needed contract, firefighters can have greatly enhanced situational awareness with near real time video.
Insitu was one of four companies that won CWN contracts in May. On
the Taylor Fire in southwest Oregon on August 5, firefighters requested
that the company’s ScanEagle aircraft monitor an overnight burn
operation they were conducting along a ridge top road. As it orbited in
the darkness at 8,500 feet, the sensors and the pilot detected a spot
fire about 100 feet outside the fireline in the 'green' unburned area.
The pilot talked directly with firefighters in an engine, telling them where it was."
Another great use for a drone. Much cheaper than a helicopter, and safer for all.