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Drones added to B.C. arsenal in fight against wildfires

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  1. RocketBrew

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    The Canadian Press
    Published Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:48PM PDT

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    A drone is shown in a photo supplied by Hummingbird Drones, a contractor hired by the British Columbia Wildfire Service.


    VANCOUVER - Drones are about to be added to the fire fighting arsenal of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

    Spokeswoman Erin Catherall says the service has conducted two seasons of trials and is ready to put the remotely controlled aircraft to work.

    She says drones have already been an important part of the battle against recent wildfires in northeastern British Columbia because they are cheaper and safer than piloted aircraft.

    They can also be used at night, when most helicopters and planes are grounded.

    Catherall says that allows firefighters to identify hot spots for immediate action as soon as the sun rises.

    The wildfire service also hopes the little aircraft will help with the efficient deployment of planes and crews during critical situations.

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  2. Richard R

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    Great, some good drone news for a change!