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This Squamish man spent the summer looking for wildfire hotspots

Perry, chief pilot with Stinson Aerial Services Inc was on contract with the BC Wildfire Service this fire season flying drones over areas where wildfires had recently occurred, looking for hotspots.

A spokesperson for BC Wildfire told The Chief that drones are among the many tools that the provincial body utilizes to conduct thermal imaging scans; helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft may also be used.

A pilot program was conducted in 2020 to assess how the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) could help with planning wildfire response activities, assessing areas facing high wildfire risks, and planning and conducting fuel management projects…..

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