DAVIS — When a wildfire breaks out, early detection is key in stopping it from spreading.
Cal Fire’s goal is to get on the scene of these fires quickly and contain 95 percent of all fires to just 10 acres or less. Now, drones may be the latest technology that helps detect wildland blazes as soon as they break out.
“We’re going to have a swarm of them,” said Professor Zhaodan Kong of the UC Davis mechanical and aerospace engineering department.
A team of mechanical aerospace engineers at UC Davis is building these drones.
“The official name is an octocopter,” said UC Davis Ph.D. student Prabhesh Ragbir.