CoE Utilizes UAS to Support Deep Creek Fire
On Tuesday, September 12, the DFPC Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting and members of the Wildland Section in the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control used several unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to scout bulldozer line on the western edge of the Deep Creek Fire to gain perspective on the fuels in that area of the fire.
The UAS operators coordinated with Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team Black to ensure safe operations while meeting the intended objectives of the flights. The use of the UAS allowed access into areas within the fire that may be otherwise unsafe for firefighters on the ground due to fire-weakened trees and snags. During one of the flights, the UAS found a coal seam fire that was located within the fire perimeter south of Routt County 56.