At first glance, the idea of a fire-starting drone might sound like trouble. However, this particular drone devised by a group of engineers and researchers working out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is actually designed to prevent wildfires from getting out of control.
Controlled burning is a very important measure that can be taken to improve the quality of land management in areas prone to fires, as they can be used to prevent flammable grasslands and trees from growing out of control. This is where these drones come in. They are able to set off controlled burns from the air once a perimeter burning fence has been ignited.
These fire-starting drones could go a long way towards preventing or at least mitigating the kinds of wildfires that have recently wreaked havoc in Fort McMurray, Canada and elsewhere.