Drones being tested to help fight fires

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — British Columbia’s Chief Wildfire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says drones are again being used in wildfire zones in the province, including this one.

But this time, it’s to assist and not hinder firefighting crews.

The recent public perception of drones and wildfires is that they’re a dangerous mix. Drones got a bad reputation last summer, after being flown into restricted airspace and grounding wildfire helicopters on at least two occasions.

However, an Okanagan company has kicked off a pilot project this week that could see drones go to previously inaccessible places and ultimately enhance the ability of firefighters to do their job.

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