New fire drone based in Nimrod
Holeman Station crews gain versatile aerial tool
July 14, 2022 | View PDF
NIMROD: The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's South Cascade District has added a drone, based out of the Holeman Guard Station that will be used for a variety of missions, The quadcopter unit is fitted with both an infrared and an 8k camera.
Officials say the drone will be used primarily to detect fires, scout fire lines, observe fire behavior, and assist with fire investigations. It can also hoist a 30-foot or 100-foot long line to deliver items to the crews on fire lines. Officials say the drone could provide local agency assistance if requested.
Personnel using the drone will be flying from a marked vehicle and wearing fire season uniforms. They'd be happy to show and explain the drone as part of the South Cascade District's focus on customer service, early detection, and safe suppression, as well as keeping fires as small as possible.