Eight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have helped Turkey’s Directorate General of Forestry around the clock both across the country and in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Combing an area of 12.5 million hectares per minute, they serve as early warning systems against forest fires.
Bekir Karacabey, head of the directorate, said they also facilitate their job with live, close-up video feeds of burning areas inaccessible to firefighters.
With the increase in temperatures, the government has increased measures against the possibility of forest fires. The latest technologies are used for early warning, which is the main principle of firefighting. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), used in many risky areas, perform important tasks in protecting the green homeland thanks to their thermal cameras. With the thermal cameras on the UAVs, areas with the high possibility of fire are detected and an intervention plan is prepared by integrating them with the data from meteorology. With the guidance of fire experts, rapid intervention is carried out at these points.
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