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    • Here we are in December in California and dire warnings are coming from the government about dry conditions being right for more blazes. What is happening?

      So a startup is making noise about their drones being able to detect the blazes early and get there fast to drop 300 pounds of fire retardant before the blaze can get a foothold. The CEO is saying this will be transformative and revolutionize firefighting.

      Firefighting heli pilots are saying wait, now we have to contend with large drones in the sky? Is this just an escalating arms race and not addressing the cause of the fires?

    • I think we can look for ways to address causes, AND escalate this "arms" race.

      If drones from Rain Industries had been in position around the Bay Area during this August’s lightning storms, the aircraft could have contained 72% of the fires within 10 minutes of ignition

      This certainly sounds transformative, I don't see how anyone could object to this.

    • Causes need to be addressed; but better tools to fight fire are welcome. The timing of deployment is key--if drones can launch in the first few minutes after ignition, the blaze might not grow to the point were conventional assets are deployed, thus avoiding conflict. The present situation is clearly unsustainable.

    • I don't know enough about the capacities of these drones but fires produce extreme atmospheric conditions that tend to require pilots with above average skills in dealing with sudden loss of control. It would be great if the computer systems on these drones could handle what usually requires manual skills.