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    Unmanned Aerial System Provides Dalton Highway Complex Firefighters With Images and Infrared Data

    Firefighters on the Idaho Bar Fire (#555), east of Rampart, anticipate they will complete the time-consuming mop-up process Sunday. They did a thorough search for hotspots, starting along the fire’s perimeter and working into the burned area approximately 200 feet, and found only two. Crews are also coordinating the return of excess equipment and supplies from the fireline and the village of Rampart to the supply cache in Fairbanks.

    On the northern part of the complex, the Columbine Wildland Fire Module flew an unmanned aerial system (UAS, aka drone) over the Prospect Fire (#494), where they didn’t detect any hotspots, and the MM 125 Fire (#441), where they detected two. The crew will conduct a UAS mission over the Douglas Fire (#336) on Sunday. The UAS collects images and infrared data that help firefighters determine how much surface heat remains in the burned area.

    Six firefighters rappelled into the Gold Pan Fire (#565) to further assess hotspots detected during Friday’s aerial reconnaissance. They will also establish a helispot and verify the fire perimeter. Air resources continue to benefit from weather conducive for flying and are conducting reconnaissance missions and assisting with removal of tools, supplies, and communications equipment no longer needed for the suppression effort.

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